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Dropbox Help
csirac
Brisbane, Queensland
2896 posts
So like most people I have my dropbox folder on my hard drive and I chuck stuff in it, blah blah blah.

However recently I chucked a very large folder into it and I want to be able to access it in the future from the cloud but I don't want it to be on my hard drive at this moment. Is there a way of doing this?

I went into dropbox preferences in my windows bar and I tried to "don't sync x folder" but what it does it just hides it from sight or something but it's still taking up hard drive space as if it was still there, so that wasn't any help.
06:40pm 23/04/13 Permalink
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crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
4076 posts
if it's not ticked to sync just delete it from your HDD

you'll just have the cloud copy then
07:06pm 23/04/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11850 posts

Just use selective sync. Choose not to sync that folder. It will leave it up on Dropbox if it has already synchronised and delete the local copy.
07:14pm 23/04/13 Permalink
csirac
Brisbane, Queensland
2898 posts
Twisted: That's what I did but all it did was hide the folder into some random place on my hard drive and it's still taking up space on the hard drive. When i went back to sync back up it magically instantly appeared.
07:19pm 23/04/13 Permalink
csirac
Brisbane, Queensland
2899 posts
f***it. just uploading to google drive which i don't use.

case closed
07:43pm 23/04/13 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
4080 posts
Twisted: That's what I did but all it did was hide the folder into some random place on my hard drive and it's still taking up space on the hard drive. When i went back to sync back up it magically instantly appeared.


Same thing I said. How do you know it's taking up space on your HDD?

Do what we said then go to your Dropbox folder and delete it. That should remove it from your HDD.
08:54pm 23/04/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7781 posts
You can do this Skydrive. Oh you're using Dropbox. heh
09:43am 24/04/13 Permalink
bepatient
Melbourne, Victoria
1185 posts
Weird that its sitting on your hard drive there crazy. I use selective sync on my mac with a small ssd and I can tell you it 100% doesn't download or store those files as I simply wouldn't have space for them.

Perhaps, seeing as though you already has them on your system it was moved to a temp folder or similar waiting to be cleared
09:47am 24/04/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11851 posts

Yeah same. My Win 7 laptop and my Macbook Pro don't have big enough drives for my Dropbox store. They definitely don't have the folders hidden or local in any way. After selective sync the files are completely deleted.
12:52pm 24/04/13 Permalink
jesu
Brisbane, Queensland
723 posts
Interesting online storage central point of access service I found the other week:
drive.jolicloud.com
05:48pm 24/04/13 Permalink
csirac
Brisbane, Queensland
2904 posts
Strange you guys arent getting the same issues i am. I just tested again just to be sure and as first reported when i unsync the folder there is no hard drive free space movement and same goes when i sync it back. To also double make sure i just deleted the folder and i got my 3+gig back (also there was no way i could have re-downloaded the folder in the space of 30 mins that the test was taking place).

Solution was still to send it over to google drive.
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