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Unintended sync & delete - Dropbox & GP
September 13, 2019
3:44 pm
Robert Stovall
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November 10, 2018
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I’m in the late stages of moving from Picasa to GP (however will we make collages w/o Picasa?), but I have concerns about unintended deletions using Dropbox. My day-to-day modus operandi is to use GP, but from time-to-time I want to share a large video file w/ friends & Dropbox is my mechanism of choice. In this mode I will put a file in Dropbox until everyone downloads it; after that I remove it. It seems that dragging a file to Dropbox moves it instead of copying it, so when I subsequently empty the Dropbox I am deleting it altogether (though I have a grace window against loss if I have regrets). I managed not to do anything catastrophic & recovered by moving a 1.3 GB video file back into a permanent home on my computer hard drive. I cannot recall how they got into Dropbox, but I subsequently started to clean out about 200 photos. A Dropbox warning said I was about to delete from all sync’d devices. These photos live on both my computer hard drive & in GP. How do I clean out photos from my Dropbox w/o removing them from GP? I can live w/o them on my computer hard drive.

September 15, 2019
1:17 pm
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It will be important to know how your photos and videos got into Dropbox. Before Google Photos came along, I used Dropbox as my cloud storage and method of syncing to my computer and Picasa. It may help to review these videos from back then:

278.SM-Dropbox Camera Uploads to get Pictures from Phones and Tablets to Computer and Picasa

284.PI-old-Dropbox to Picasa

Notice that all you need to do to clear items out of Dropbox, yet keep them on your computer, is to move the files to another folder on your computer. Move them to a folder that is not within the Dropbox folder.

BUT – this has nothing to do with Google Photos. Your Google Photos are in the cloud under your Google Account – Dropbox cannot access them, nor can it delete them. If you’re using the Google Backup and Sync on your computer, there are a few other things to know. 

As for collages 🙂 I hear you about Picasa being the best! I still do use Picasa for Collages … see this video

455.GP-Making Collages with Google Photos or Picasa 

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