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If you have a Mac with an SSD, and limited storage space, and use Dropbox, you may want to think about how much space your Dropbox folder takes up on your disk. Jeff Carlson, writing at TidBITS, had this problem, wanting to use Dropbox's Camera Upload feature on his MacBook Pro, but not wanting to have the space taken up on his SSD.

The solution he explains is relatively simple: it involves creating a symlink for the folder in question after moving it to another disk or volume. After moving the folder, open Terminal, then type:
cd ~/Dropbox
Type ln -s, then drag the folder from its new location into the Terminal window, which will add its path; press Return.

This symlink lets Dropbox use the Camera Uploads folder, as if it were in the main Dropbox folder, yet the files are stored on the external disk.

You can do this with other Dropbox folders as well. For me, I use Dropbox's Selective Sync (Preferences > Advanced) to choose which folders get copied to my MacBook Pro, and have everything on my Mac mini, which has more storage.
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Best practices for Dropbox links
Authored by: RMo on May 31, '13 08:20:15AM

I seem to remember that Dropbox used to recommend against setups like these, instead recommending that the original data be kept in Dropbox and links placed elsewhere. However, either I don't remember correctly or they've changed their mind. Their website now lists this as a possibility, in addition to recommending similar methods on other operating systems and GUI tools for those less comfortable with the command line: http://www.dropboxwiki.com/Sync_Other_Folders

EDIT: Selective Sync, as mentioned in hint, is also a good option. I've been using it since it was in testing, and it works nicely when you really only need (or don't) certain folders from your Dropbox on a certain device.

Edited on May 31, '13 08:22:55AM by RMo


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Best practices for Dropbox links
Authored by: Strod on May 31, '13 08:57:45AM

The problem that the hint is trying to solve explicitly states that the only copy of the photos must remain on the external drive while the Dropbox folder must remain in the internal SSD drive.

The solution you quote, "keeping the data in Dropbox and placing links elsewhere" is for a related but different problem: getting Dropbox to sync files that need to be in a directory outside of the Dropbox folder. But that solution will not work for the problem at hand because the actual photo files would reside in the SSD, not in the external drive.



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Best practices for Dropbox links
Authored by: RMo on May 31, '13 09:45:41AM

I didn't propose that as a solution to this problem. I was merely stating what had historically been the recommended scenario (but is apparently no longer necessary).



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Move Dropbox sub-folders to other disks or volumes
Authored by: zais on May 31, '13 09:07:37AM

Last time I tried to use sym-links in Dropbox, they were synced as small data file to Windows machine .
Anyway who wants to store documents on SSD? SSD for system needs and applications, HDD for all other stuff (doc/photos/music/movies/...)



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Move Dropbox sub-folders to other disks or volumes
Authored by: kelter on May 31, '13 07:29:20PM
Not sure I'd recommend this on existing folders/files - it's been my experience that you lose any ability to restore Previous Versions when altering the folder structure (or even renaming the parent folder for that matter) See more about old Versions...https://www.dropbox.com/help/11/en

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