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Windows Dropbox: Clear the cache

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/01/28

When have a lot of Dropbox activity, then your Dropbox cache can grow, especially when you have clashes of files in use on other machines, and manipulating them from another.

In fact, I managed to get the Dropbox cache to be about as big as the first post on this thread.

Here are the steps to clear your cache on a Windows system:

  1. Stop the Dropbox.exe (from the tray, right click you your Dropbox icon, then click exit)
  2. Verify (in the Task Manager – make sure you view all processes from all users – or in Process Explorer) that Dropbox.exe is not running any more
  3. Delete the dropbox cache directory (or move it to the Recycle Bin)
  4. Start Dropbox (from the Start menu, it normally is under the Dropbox group)

The location of your Dropbox cache is in: %APPDATA%\Dropbox\cache, the actual location depends on what Windows version you are:

  • For Windows Vista and up (including Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server), it is at C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\cache.
  • For older Windows versions (XP, 2003 Server, and older), the Dropbox cache is at C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Dropbox\cahche.

–jeroen

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