What should I do if I’m running out of disk space?

If you see the error message "Your startup disk is almost full” (Mac) or “You are running out of disk space” (Windows), then your computer is low on hard drive space.

If you see the error message “Your Dropbox is full”, then your Dropbox account is out of storage space.

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You have a few options if you’re running out of space:

Use selective sync 

Selective sync is a feature that lets you remove files from your hard drive and keep them just in your Dropbox online account. This can help you free up some space on your hard drive. 

Learn how to use selective sync.

Note: If you’re a Dropbox Plus, Dropbox Professional, or Dropbox Business user, we recommend using Smart Sync, which is a more advanced version of selective sync. 

Delete files from your hard drive

If you’re on a Mac, these are Apple’s instructions to delete files and folders. 

If you’re on a PC, these are Windows’ instructions to delete files and folders. 

Want to delete a file from Dropbox? Learn how.

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Whether you're new to Dropbox or just need a refresher, get the most from your Dropbox account by taking advantage of our self-guided learning or virtual instructor-led training classes. 

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