Questions about how to use Dropbox
Posted on 2013-06-20
Can someone explain a couple of things about Dropbox for me—specifically, what should happen when I upload folders and files?
I recently began using Dropbox as according to my understanding, it can store selected folders & files in a remote location both as a backup for security and to allow me to access them from any location where I have internet access.
Is that basically the gist of it?
My main C:\ drive is a 125 GB solid-state drive which I have to watch closely in order that it does not get too full. I try to use it only for software applications. My data is stored on my E:\ drive which has a 500 GB capacity.
When I installed the Dropbox software, I noticed that it created a folder named Dropbox under Favorites in Windows Explorer. Yesterday, after upgrading Dropbox to the 100 GB capacity, I dragged a 15 GB file from my E:\ drive to the new Dropbox folder in Favorites. Then, today I logged into my Dropbox account online to verify that the file showed up there (which it did).
However, I also noticed (by selecting Computer in Windows Explorer) that the free space on my C:\ drive had decreased by about 15 GB (which was enough to cause the indicator to turn red). Therefore, as far as I can tell, I now have three copies of the 15 GB file:
1) the original on my E:\ drive,
2) the uploaded copy which is presumably on the Dropbox server and
3) the new copy on my C:\ drive (which is utilizing space there that I cannot afford to have tied up).
• Is the above description consistent with how Dropbox works?
• Will there always be a new duplicate copy created on my hard drive of anything I upload to Dropbox?
• Is it necessary for the Dropbox folder to reside on drive C:\ or can I move it to some other drive?
• If changes are made to a file in the Dropbox folder, are those changes automatically synched into the uploaded copy on the Dropbox server?