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Why do shared files count against my space use???

Why do shared files count against my space use???

dualice
New member | Level 2

Why are files shared with me counted against my space usage? Is this data counted twice? If someone who is sharing files with me is paying for this space, why should I have to pay as well just to access it? I am out of space, I have no intention of buying more space, and yet, when someone shares some files with me, I cannot access them and I am forced to buy space in order to access them. Why is this?

 

Thank you.

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Re: Why do shared files count against my space use???

Rich
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@dualice wrote:

Why are files shared with me counted against my space usage?


Because the files exist in your account.

 

When you have access to a shared folder, you're not accessing someone else's folder. You're accessing your own COPY of the folder within your account, and you need to have enough space available to hold that folder.

 

 

If you just need to view or download files that someone else is sharing with you, ask them to send you a shared link instead. A shared link is a view-only method of sharing and you don't even need a Dropbox account to access it.

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Re: Why do shared files count against my space use???

Rich
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@dualice wrote:

Why are files shared with me counted against my space usage?


Because the files exist in your account.

 

When you have access to a shared folder, you're not accessing someone else's folder. You're accessing your own COPY of the folder within your account, and you need to have enough space available to hold that folder.

 

 

If you just need to view or download files that someone else is sharing with you, ask them to send you a shared link instead. A shared link is a view-only method of sharing and you don't even need a Dropbox account to access it.

Re: Why do shared files count against my space use???

dualice
New member | Level 2

That's completely ridiculous. That is just a way for DropBox to make money off of the same data/space. Sharing is sharing, copying is copying.  If I share a file with someone on google drive, google doesn't make a copy of that file, it gives access to the file. 

Re: Why do shared files count against my space use???

Mark
Super User II

@dualice correct - to cover the increased costs associated with sharing. But, if Dropbox doesnt make money they go bankrupt and then there is no service to use. It doesnt have the backup of other income streams like Google does to make money to run things at a loss. 


 


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Re: Why do shared files count against my space use???

dualice
New member | Level 2

Hi Mark,

 

I appreciate your answer. However, I still think that is a bad implementation. Having to copy files that are really shared is, to me, not a great model. Linux filesystems have mastered the art in allowing other users viewing and editing access to files without copying those files. I can see the extra costs of the "shared" model DropBox has implemented but that can't scale - hence your statement of needing more money. 

Thank you.

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