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Is there any way to have files only upload from Dropbox folder without syncing every second or having to store the files on my computer?

Is there anyway to have Dropbox work like Google Drive or Google Play Music, I do not want to have to manually upload on the website, I want to choose a folder to upload and be able to safely delete the files afterwards from my computer knowing they will still be online, in the cloud.

Or with Dropbox is the only way to do that is keep folders synced? I have tried to get around this to no avail. It always syncs somehow either deleting files from Dropbox, because they aren't in the folder anymore, or when restoring the files on Dropbox website, it downloads them to my computer again taking up space.

I guess I can just manually upload on the website but just asking if there is any way to set Dropbox to just simply scan a folder for new files to upload like Google Drive and Google Play Music, instead of syncing.

I just find it odd the only way to keep things on Dropbox cloud is by also keeping them on your computer.

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My suggestion is off topic, but it keeps deleted ones and you can choose to recover them. An option for you is selective sync. But it sounds like the service isn't designed toward your type of uses. –  nerdwaller Dec 19 '12 at 17:53
    
Yes I know but it only will keep them up for 30 days, once deleted from the actual computer folder. After that you no longer get the option to restore deleted files. –  Michelle Dec 19 '12 at 18:07
    
Thanks pretty much got it sorted out I suppose, just not possible with Dropbox. I mean it is but not in the way I was hoping, I guess it's still a little easier than connecting my phone to my computer but I was hoping it would have more options. Cheers. –  Michelle Dec 19 '12 at 18:29
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Dropbox is a cloud syncing service, its not a file hosting service. The whole idea is to sync your files across all your devices.

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I guess, it is a cloud service that hosts files still though. You can manually upload files and those files do not need to be on your computer afterwards. It's only the files added to the Dropbox folder from the coomputer, which is what I am trying to get around. –  Michelle Dec 19 '12 at 18:14
    
"Cloud" is a general term. Yes, it is using the "cloud" to store and sync, but it's not a file hosting service. It's design is to simplify having files available actually ON all of your devices. –  BroScience Dec 19 '12 at 18:19
    
Well I guess there is no way around it. Was quickly answered much appreciated, I guess I'll just live with manually uploading to Dropbox website to get around not storing it on my computer also or just use something else. Thanks. –  Michelle Dec 19 '12 at 18:25
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