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Deleting photos inside synced systems
March 12, 2020
1:46 pm
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Robert Stovall
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Am I playing w/ a hand grenade? I’ve watched enough of your videos/tutorials & read parts of your book on GP to be VERY afraid!

I’ve migrated most/all of my desktop photos to GP & am mostly free of Picasa. As a cheapskate I have elected the free version of Dropbox as a means for transferring large files (to this point only videos w/ unique names) to friends & family. I recently copied select photos on my desktop PC to a temporary folder, dragged it to Dropbox, copied & emailed the link to my friend who successfully downloaded scores of photos therein. I started to delete this temporary folder (it has a unique name), but I received a Dropbox message that files on synced systems would be deleted as well. b/c the folder name was unique I was about to assume that deletion would only be the single temporary folder. Upon reflection I wondered if the synced systems wouldn’t look inside the folder & conclude that the image files within were duplicates, thereupon deleting valuable originals that had been copied to the temporary folder.

I recall somewhere in your lessons that I might want to designate a single folder for Backup & Sync to GP so that “destructo” delete is isolated & under better control. Maybe that is a first step. Y/N?

In a similar vein, can I designate a folder that is outside the reaches of Backup & Sync? If I drag a temporary folder there, can I delete it w/o its destruction propagating across other systems?

March 19, 2020
1:20 pm
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So sorry for my delay.

Dropbox can only delete files within the Dropbox folder structure. 

Yes, you can also designate a folder outside of Backup and Sync.

I know you might have worked thru this issue by now. If not, and you’d like a phone call to discuss just let me know here and I’ll contact you via email to exchange numbers.

March 20, 2020
2:05 pm
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Actually, no, I had not worked through it. A (Dropbox) message suggesting I might wind up deleting photos unintentionally in synced systems was not something I wanted to play with.

Your answer, however, should have been obvious: deleting inside Dropbox would only delete files within the Dropbox domain, but since my Dropbox domain is a single unshared folder on my desktop, I would be safe. Obvious now, but warning messages from Dropbox about deleting synced systems made me think of GP synchronization & the potential for havoc.

I did search a bit in Mrs. Geek’s Guide to GP. Perhaps a useful answer lay elsewhere, but p. 36 (The Sync Part) described what would happen inside GP & GD, not the computer; however, I did follow your instructions (I have forgotten where) in setting up GP & elected an option that provided some isolation. Checking Backup & Sync Preferences just now I see that “Items deleted from this computer will not be deleted from Google Photos”.

Thanks for the offer to talk directly, but I will reserve that for another time if needed. For the moment, it is comforting that I might warrant such “concierge” service.

BTW: I’m still not able to drag & drop files onto your Q&A forum (I have no need to, but I tried it nonetheless) where it says Upload Attachments. I tried to drag a .xlsx & a .pptx file from my WIN10 desktop. Each attempt produced a “File Extension Error”.

March 20, 2020
4:47 pm
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Thanks for the follow up.

As for drag and drop files – yeah, I think the term “attachments” is misleading. As far as I know, adding files to a post is just for images. .jpg, .png, etc. and some .pdf. If you ever have need to include a spreadsheet or powerpoint file, it is best to get the dropbox link and just share the link.

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