Dropbox Offers Up To 5GB Additional Space For Beta Testers [News]

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One of the most widely used cloud-based storage services on the Internet, Dropbox, is offering users the opportunity to add up to 5GB of free storage space by simply uploading photos and videos to their storage account during a beta testing period of a Dropbox experimental build.

Dropbox is testing a new feature that allows users to automatically upload photos and videos from their USB-connected camera, camera phone, or SD card reader.

In order to use the service and receive additional free space, you will need to download a beta version of Dropbox and install it on your Mac or PC. (It might be wise to back up your current Dropbox data before downloading and installing the beta version.)

This experimental build of Dropbox works with Windows, Mac OS 10.5 and above and Linux. Link to this forum page for the latest listings and upgrades.

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After the beta version is installed, you simply connect say your camera, phone, or SD card to your computer, and Dropbox will automatically detect images and ask if you want them imported to a Camera Uploads folder automatically installed in your Dropbox account.
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Dropbox clarified that “you can’t get up to 5 GB of free space with this feature, if you count the initial 500 MB space for the first photo import.” Because Dropbox is testing the importing process, you most likely cannot receive space increase unless you use the importer popup window.

Dropbox encourages users to keep plugging in their cameras so they can “snipe all the common bugs during the beta testing.

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Comments (20)
  • Suhaib Butt

    Its AAaAwwweesssoommeeeee……. Thanks for such a great tip..

  • =D

    photos seem to increase space, but not video

  • Abraovic

    I can not start this on my mac os x lion, but all works on windows 7. 
    When I plug my iPhone to Mac nothing happened. It’s just sync with mac and thats it.
    So I have to use virtual machine. Is there any way to make this work on mac?

  • garylapointe

    Reading the FAQs at dropbox, it makes me feel as if I need to be INVITED to get the extra space?

    “Why didn’t I get my free space for beta testing the latest forum build?
    If you’re lucky enough to be included in our latest round of forums beta testing, you’ll find that we’re offering up to 5GB of Dropbox space for testing the camera upload feature.”

  • Wes Crook

    I’m up to 15.2 gigs.  Was uploading over 3g on my HTC Incredible and my computer (using the auto-run option for Dropbox import).  Worked great!

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