The Dropbox Dilemma - Infinite upload rate?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by idonotliketostu, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2008
    So I started using Dropbox again after not using it for a couple of months. Previously, when I drop a file ...say 500MB onto the folder, the Dropbox taskbar icon would show that it is uploading at about 40kbps.

    Today I dropped a 700MB video into the folder and it finished uploading to the Dropbox server in less than 15 seconds!

    I verified that the file was indeed on the server as a friend downloaded the file at a whopping 900kbps.

    So.. how the hell does Dropbox take my 700MB video and put it on their server in less than 15 seconds? My theory is that they look at files in other people's account to see if there is already one, then they just copy the info onto my account. Can anyone verify this?
  2. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    From what I've read, that seems like it's the case. Could it also be that you had the file there before, deleted it, then re-uploaded it? Dropbox does revision history.
  3. idonotliketostu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2008

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