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Use symbolic links in a Dropbox folder
Authored by: e_whizz on Aug 15, '12 07:43:08AM
"Also, if you want to back up, say, your Documents folder to Dropbox in this manner, the backup won't take up any extra physical space in the Dropbox folder on your Mac."
This last sentence is a little misleading. It still does count towards your DropBox quota.

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Use symbolic links in a Dropbox folder
Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 15, '12 10:44:04AM

Right, but it won't use up space on your Mac. If you have, for example, a laptop with an SSD, and your Documents folder is 50 GB, adding a symlink to your Dropbox folder won't use another 50 GB on your SSD. (It will, of course, count against your Dropbox quota.)

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Use symbolic links in a Dropbox folder
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 19, '12 08:11:30AM

It wasn't misleading to me. He said "on your Mac", not on the DropBox server.

This is exactly why I haven't been using DropBox. I don't need it for sharing, and have been wanting to use it for backups, but didn't want to have the same files in two places on my Mac.

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