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A Dropbox question

Post by Sleven » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:10 pm

I have Dropbox installed and there is a Dropbox folder under my home folder.

Are the files in the Dropbox folder a mirror image of what is stored in the cloud,
or do they take up just as much room on the HD as it does in the cloud?
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Re: A Dropbox question

Post by M_aD » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:39 pm

Since Dropbox on the system syncs with the Dropbox cloud folders the files are downloaded onto your hard drive, thus take up the same space from what i know.

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Re: A Dropbox question

Post by anandrkris » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:25 pm

Mr. B wrote:Since Dropbox on the system syncs with the Dropbox cloud folders the files are downloaded onto your hard drive, thus take up the same space from what i know.
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Re: A Dropbox question

Post by mockturtl » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:44 pm

Sleven wrote:I have Dropbox installed and there is a Dropbox folder under my home folder.

Are the files in the Dropbox folder a mirror image of what is stored in the cloud, or do they take up just as much room on the HD as it does in the cloud?
Yes and yes, on desktop. "Mirror" is a synonym for "copy." Sync is automatic.

(On mobile, files are only downloaded on demand: available storage could be 8 GB, instead of ~1000 GB.)
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Re: A Dropbox question

Post by Sleven » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:49 am

Thanks everyone

I think it is a bit much if you ask me, why store data in so many places?
I downloaded photos to my computer, uploaded them to Dropbox.
Now I have them twice on my computer, once in the cloud and then again
on my wife's machine which has Dropbox installed also, and a fifth set if
she backs up the photos in another file on hers.

We installed Dropbox to be able to share files, didn't realize that it worked like that.
Live and learn I suppose.
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Re: A Dropbox question

Post by benlz » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:14 pm

Dropbox is a powerful tool that allow you to have your important files on all your devices (for example, stuff you want to use at home and at office).
If you don't want your photos in all your devices, you can set up the selective sync on your wife's machine. This allows you to choose the folders you want to sync on that device.
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