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To successfully manage products like ours requires sharing lot of coordinated data – documentation, pictures, videos, SDKs, and other bits. Online sharing services like Dropbox and Google Drive have been invaluable for this.
Dropbox stashes a copy of most files on your local hard drive unless you ask it not to. Windows doesn’t really know about this- it simply tells you that your drive is full. Windows does not know (nor should it) that you have online copies of a file; it simply treats them all the same. So when you look for tools to clear space it will give you the standard – incremental GB here;GB solutions. Hardly enough to solve big storage issues and a pain in the neck to implement.
Monday I spent 3 hours saving 2GB one day using Windows tools. Wednesday I freed up 85 GB in 10 minutes adjusting a Dropbox setting.