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Here is an article with more info as well as a dropbox forum post with more info-

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/02/02/...-gigabyte/

http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=52900

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Hello Forum users!

Another day another build. We're trying to snipe all the most common bugs. Keep plugging in those cameras!
During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 4.5GB total.
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Last Edited by newporttiger June 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Quote from corpusguy View Post :
For those who are still having problems with windows 7 autoplay and dont want to mess with the registry edit stuff, you can do the following steps...

1. Open autoplay by clicking theStart button, and then clickingControl Panel. In the search box, typeautoplay, and then clickAutoPlay.
2. To turn autoplay on, select theUse AutoPlay for all media and devices check box.
3. Go to Pictures and Video Files and select Import Pictures and Videos Using Dropbox.
4. ClickSave.
In my case, the above did not work. I got the autoplay window and selected Import Pictures and Videos Using Dropbox but nothing happened. I then right-mouse clicked on the dropbox icon in the notification area (lower right corner of Windows) and selected Preferences. In the general area, there's a section labeled Camera Upload. Click on the button for Install Camera Upload. Once I did that, I was able to reinsert my memory stick and after the Windows autoplay window pop up, I selected Import Pictures...Using Dropbox and now it works. It started uploading my images.


Quote from usertwo000 View Post :
Here are all the other ways I found to maximize free Dropbox storage space. I've tested all these personally. Let me know if there are others. I'm open to PMs, thanks.

1) Get referred by a current user (Remember, referrals are not permitted on SD) - 2.25GB otherwise 2GB if you are not referred
2) Complete at least 5 of 7 easy getting started tutorial steps - 250MB
https://www.dropbox.com/gs
3) Complete these simple tasks
https://www.dropbox.com/free
- Connect your Twitter account with Dropbox - 128MB
- Connect your Facebook account with Dropbox - 128MB
- Follow @Dropbox on Twitter - 128MB
- Send a one line comment about why you love Dropbox - 128MB
- Tweet about Dropbox for more free space! - 128MB
4) Refer new users who register AND install the Dropbox desktop client - 250MB per referral up to 8GB
5) Link your account to a .edu email address - doubles storage referral bonus (retroactively as well) to 500MB per referral up to 16GB
https://www.dropbox.com/edu
Thanks usertwo000 for your info. Rep him here- http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=47386152&postcount=121
If anyone else has ways to get more bonus storage please post.


MAC (SL/Lion users) :
This worked for me after I inserted a SDHC card formatted via my Nikon camera. So here's what you need to do :
- Format your memory card in your camera.
- Take it out and plug it to your Mac (via a reader or via the SDHC-Slot - if available). Make sure dropbox is not running prior to inserting the card.
- Take a big sized movie file and rename the extension to .jpg on your mac
- Move it over to the folder in your card.
- Eject the card
- Launch dropbox
- Plug the memory card back.
- Dropbox should now recognize the card and pop up a message whether you want to import the pics from your camera.Select Yes
- It'll then copy the file you created above and move it to dropbox folder on your mac
- The moment it gets copied over to the DropBox folder on your mac wait a minute or two and delete the big sized file (from your mac)
- Voila.. you'll see that your dropbox limit has gone up

Little confusing instruction and I hope you guys can follow it.

work great... from XReflection's post
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Before doing this make sure you install the beta version of dropbox (from the forum link)
1) Find a removable storage device (usb drive is what I used)
2). Transfer 4.5GB (or more) worth of photos to a folder named DCIM in the root of the drive (not sure if this is necessary, I did it as a precaution).
3). Unplug the drive and plug it back in
4). In the autoplay window that pops up select "Import pictures and videos using dropbox"
5). A bubble notification on the notification bar should say "Finding photos to upload, click here for info." Click it.
6). Let the photos import to your dropbox folder (wait till the bar fills up).
7). Your dropbox folder should open after it finishes. Go ahead and delete all the photos. You don't need to actually let it upload.
8). Another notification should say that your space has been increased.

If you delete all the files from the Camera Upload folder, you instantaneously get the credit for the "uploaded files" even if you didn't upload it!

Make sure you guys upload another 500mb worth of file to your folder after you delete everything and get your initial 4.5gb because doing this extra step will give you another 500mb for a total of 5gb -canknee

You do not have to have the pictures with .jpg extension to upload,just change the extension of the any movie file to .jpg and you will be able to upload that file to dropbox camera folder

MAKE SURE YOU USE THE LATEST BUILD, OR YOU MAY NOT SEE THE INCREASE IN YOUR DROPBOX SPACE! It is 1.3.13. I didn't see the space increase with 1.3.12, had to reinstall 1.3.13, then saw it instantly. (2/4/12)

Windows: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dr...1.3.13.exe
Mac OS X: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dr...1.3.13.dmg
Linux x86_64: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dr....13.tar.gz
Linux x86: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dr....13.tar.gz

I uploaded movie files as regular mpgs (put them in a DCIM folder first) and did not have to rename them. The uploader grabbed them and off they went. Spotmom

Put important update info and issues here, please. TY.

http://slickdeals.net/f/2407057-FREE-768MB-for-Dropbox?v=1 (Original thread)

List of all the other ways I found to maximize free Dropbox storage space.

If you need help getting this to work try following this guide: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=47396956&postcount=218

They do not use RAW files from a DSLR (Canon .cr2). Must be jpg.

Mac Users
Be sure to check out drop box encore. [joyofmacs.com]

This mimics another dropbox so that you can run 2 separate folders with 2 different accounts on the same machine.

Explanation from the website: "Dropbox Encore enables a second instance of Dropbox to run in a single Mac OS X user account. Each instance of Dropbox must have (1) a unique Dropbox account and (2) a separate local Dropbox folder."

For people that don't have enough pictures
Thanks to grahamsz provided this link here
Fake Images Pack
It's a 17k zip file containing JPG files that worth 4.5G and it's recognized by Dropbox client.
All you have to do it's just
1.download that file
2.extract it to a SD card ( Extract it twice. First time to a tar file, then from the tar files to pictures. Download 7zip if you don't have any zip software)
3.start the auto play export to Dropbox (take out and re-plug the SD card, run from windows right click menu w/e you need to get it export)
3.5 If you do this with a USB drive and try to import and Dropbox says "No new photos found", create a folder in the root of your USB drive named DCIM and place the images there.
4.Let it run till all file are sync to your local Dropbox folder.
5.At this point you should have all your 4.5g space enabled, verify that, and delete all the files in local Dropbox folder.
Done.... in 10min


If you can't get autoplay to work for an SD card on Windows 7, try the following


create two registry files below, merge them into windows, reboot and you should be able to right click and select autoplay on your SD card.

Quote from kevman View Post :
I had the same problem on Windows 7, if you have windows 7 try this

create two registry files below, merge them into windows, reboot and you should be able to right click and select autoplay on your SD card.

reg file 1:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000001
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=dword:00000001
"ForceActiveDesktopOn"=dword:00000000
"EnableShellExecuteHooks"=dword:00000001
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000000


reg file 2:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000000

Step by step instructions for setting up virtualbox and do the referrals yourself. Credit to MythOfEchelon http://www.youtube.com/user/MythO...ture=watch

Thanks to everyone and specifically, MythOfEchelon but I wanted to suggest a few shortcuts to help reduce the number of steps. Thanks, jaslam


Step-by-Step instructions (there are only so many steps because I detailed every single step you'll need to know. No assumption of technical knowledge was used):
NOTE: Might not work anymore, DropBox might be detecting single IP addresses. You might get ineligible referral when you do it (2/15/2012). You might have to refresh your IP address for this to work.

1.) Download and install VirtualBox - https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
2.) Download Ubuntu 11.10, 32-bit - http://www.ubuntu.com/start-downl...&release=l...
3.) Run VirtualBox
4.) Select New and click Next.
5.) Give your VM (Virtual Machine) a name and set Operating System as "Linux". Version should automatically be set as "Ubuntu"
6.) Keep pressing Next and then press Create
7.) Select your newly created VM and click Settings.
8.) Select Storage and then on the CD symbol underneath "IDE Controller"
9.) To the right of the "IDE Controller" tree, click on the CD symbol underneath "Attributes" and then click "Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file..."
10.) Locate your downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 .iso, select it and click Open
11.) Ensure that "Live CD/DVD" is checked
11A.) At this time, you could decide how many times you were going to refer yourself (e.g. 32 times for 16GB max bonus) and you could right click on your VM and click "Clone" as many (e.g. 32) times. This way you could skip step 4 to step 11 above
12.) Select your VM and click Start
13.) Close any pop-ups and click "Try Ubuntu" when it eventually displays (machine may restart a few times)
14.) Log into Dropbox on your Master System (not Ubuntu) and navigate to "https://www.dropbox.com/referrals". Make a note of your Dropbox referral link (for example, "http://db.tt/PvENWFG"). Also navigate to "http://www.guerrillamail.com/" and make a note of the generated email address
14A.) You can even skip having to go through the referral link because DropBox remembers which user had invited the random generated email (e.g.) longjohnsilversKFCtacobellburgerking@whatever.com
15.) Back inside the VM, click on the Firefox icon on the left-hand side of the screen
16.) Within Firefox, navigate to your Dropbox referral link from Step 14.
17.) Make up a first and last name, then enter the email address from Step 14 and enter a password of your choice.
18.) Click Create Account
18A.) The steps above to create an account can be done in your regular machine (not VM) using Chrome Incognito or FireFox InPrivate browsing mode for faster processing. The VM can be slower. Then all you need to do on your VM is the go to www.dropbox.com/install to download the software.
19.) Click on the 32-bit "Ubuntu (.deb)" installer
20.) Leave "Open with Ubuntu Software Center" checked and click OK
21.) Ubuntu Software Center should then open. Click Install and then Add to Launcher at the bottom right of the screen
22.) Click on the Dropbox icon on the left-hand side of the screen
23.) Click OK on the pop-up. Dropbox should now start downloading and unpacking
24.) Select "I already have a Dropbox account" and click Next
25.) Enter your email address from Step 14 and the password you chose. Click Next
26.) Free space should then be issued
27.) Click Machine on VirtualBox, click Close, select "Power off machine" and click OK
28.) Right-click on your VM, click Remove and Delete All Files
29.) Repeat Step 4 - 28 for as many referrals as you want (ensure you generate a new email address each time).
It gets easier each time, don't worry.
29A.) Or just repeat the reduced steps, as applicable.

Again, excuse my messing with your instructions - those were lovely and wonderful. Just thought shortcuts would help - jaslam.


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#151
Quote from dumpav View Post :
yeah, i can confirm it! u can just rename any file to .jpg extension if u don't have any photo or video.

i rename some of my .dmg or .iso file to .jpg and put into the DCIM folder and it syn and count!
Totally agree. I renamed some huge(2GB) file to a JPG file and uploaded it. Got 2 GB additional space after the upload was completed.
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#152
On mac, you must go into your preferences and check enable dropbox photo sync (or something to that effect). Then you upload whatever you want .jpg.
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#153
How can you even compare Box and Dropbox if they don't work the same
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Quote from truncj View Post :
On mac, you must go into your preferences and check enable dropbox photo sync (or something to that effect). Then you upload whatever you want .jpg.

i think it enabled by default?
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Quote from ztide View Post :
just fyi.
dropbox can tell that files are the same even if they are renamed.
so just copying the same photo files over and over again to fill up a mem card is not gonna work.

just take some video files and rename the extension to .jpg
then put those on a mem card and run the autoplay. click the dropbox import button in the autoplay and WAIT while it processes (meaning it copies to ur dropbox folder on your computer) and then it will automatically upload to dropbox.

you will not get any extra space until the files upload, so while you will get the first 500mb after the first file is finished uploading you will have to wait for the rest of the files to be uploaded and in each 500mb increment u will get another 500mb.
also, when i uploaded the last 500mb they gave me another 1GB and not just the 500mb
so in total i got 5GB and not the 4.5GB limit they said

i'm now uploading another 500mb to see if there really is a limit
i love my 100Mbit/sec university connection!
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Quote from ztide View Post :
also, when i uploaded the last 500mb they gave me another 1GB and not just the 500mb
so in total i got 5GB and not the 4.5GB limit they said

i'm now uploading another 500mb to see if there really is a limit
i love my 100Mbit/sec university connection!
How did you get 5GB? I uploaded >5GB of pics and only got 4.5GB extra space...
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#157
Quote from metaldood View Post :
Box >> dropbox
Using both Box and Dropbox =Win Big Grin
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#158
I just finished getting my 5gb, now I'm at 24.4gb after my referrals (doubled for being in college). Thanks OP!

If you have a slow upload, copy files that are already in your dropbox folder to a flash drive, and connect that up. They upload practically instantly (since dropbox recognizes them), and you still get the free space.
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Last edited by xur17 February 2, 2012 at 02:25 PM
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fail..... i already have this.... thumbs down for not clearing in original post... thought it was something new
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#160
Quote from AlanSmithee View Post :
Absolutely, it's retroactive. Just log in to DropBox, then go here: www.dropbox.com/edu and link your .edu.

Your referral bonuses will instantly double.
Wow! I had no idea Dropbox let's you link existing accounts---or that the referral bonus can be applied retroactively to your past referrals too! Thanks so much for that tip and link! Amazing!! Just gained a few gigs of more storage. Smilie
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Quote from AndroAsc View Post :
How did you get 5GB? I uploaded >5GB of pics and only got 4.5GB extra space...
don't know.
had 3gb originally and while was uploading also got the 250mb "guru" bonus (but i wasn't counting that).
each 500mb bumped me 500mb except the last one gave 1gb.
now i have 8.2gb
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Last edited by ztide February 2, 2012 at 02:40 PM
#162
Quote from AndroAsc View Post :
How did you get 5GB? I uploaded >5GB of pics and only got 4.5GB extra space...
oh, and the 5gb was the limit.
i just tried upping another gb and no more was added to my quota.


now im uploading to my other dropbox account (my main one).
lets see if it will give me the 5gb again....
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#163
The main drawback of the free sugarsync account seems to be that they only allow syncing between 2 computers. This is probably fine for most people, but I know some probably have 3 or more computers.

Quote from thorasaurus View Post :
I tried but couldn't get my Dropbox to expand with this method even after installing the new software. Then I found SugarSync which has a desktop client, has sharable desktop folders (like Dropbox), and has a mac menubar icon.

Oh yeah, and they give you 5 gb free anyway without all the hoops. https://www.sugarsync.com/free/

I don't work for them or anything; I just think it's pretty much the same without the hassle of uploading 5 gb of pics/videos.
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Quote from Maschil View Post :
fail..... i already have this.... thumbs down for not clearing in original post... thought it was something new
This was not posted in the forum build changelog until 1.3.12 which was released on 2/1. If you have this, you've been running it since all if yesterday, which is great for you, but hardly TD for the fact that the OP coudn't read your mind and find out that you had it a day before the rest of us.
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#165
In theory dropbox should compress the files it transfers pretty well, so if you were to upload a large number of files that were all one repeated character, but were named to look like images, you might be able to store a large amount of data without tying up your data transfer for hours


All you'd need would be 4.5 gigs of fake jpeg files [amazonaws.com] Smilie

Unfortunately I can't get the new feature to work on XP Frown
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