Increase Your Dropbox Space By 4.5 Gigabyte

We have talked about Dropbox's new camera import feature previously which allows you to import photos from digital cameras that you connect directly to your PC to your Dropbox storage. This can be useful if you use Dropbox to store your photos anyway. Free users may run into space issues pretty soon though, as individual photos these days take up Megabytes of free space.

Dropbox is currently running a promotion that extends the available storage space for users who use the service's photo import feature.

Storage space is increased in 500 Megabyte chunks by a maximum of 4.5 Gigabytes. For this to work, it is necessary to run the new Dropbox 1.3.12 client. This client is experimental and only linked at the Dropbox forum and not on the main site.

It is not clear if users will keep the additional storage space forever, or if it is only available in the beta period.

During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 4.5GB total.

It is however likely that users will receive the space upgrade permanently.

To receive the update, users need to upload photos via the new photo import feature. If you do not have that many photos on your camera, you could simply shoot a lot of photos, connect your camera to Dropbox to get the additional 4.5 Gigabytes of online storage space.

Some users have reported that the feature is not available on their computer, even after installing the latest experimental Dropbox client. It is not clear why it is not there at this point, but there seems to be no option available to force it to appear. Dropbox also notes that photo import is currently not working under Linux or Apple Macintosh 10.4 systems.

The photo import feature relies on Autoplay, which needs to be enabled. This is done under Start Menu > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay in Windows 7.

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Check out the forum post and let me know if you were able to get the import option to work on your computer. (thanks Caschy)

If it works on your computer, you could use it to get an extra 4.5 Gigabyte of Dropbox storage. Not too shabby if you ask me.

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Responses to Increase Your Dropbox Space By 4.5 Gigabyte

  1. Robert Palmar February 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Well this just might get me to try Dropbox.
    Thanks for the heads up on this, Martin.
    It's looking like an offer I can't refuse.

  2. Zaphod Beeblebrox February 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    You don't even have to have a camera!

    I'm currently uploading several thousand travel pics from old CD's and it's working just fine.

    Just got the increase to 3.5GB - Thank You for alerting us to this :)

  3. Zaphod Beeblebrox February 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm #


    It appears to work for any media that can AutoPlay - You don't have to make the changes permanent, just choose AutoPlay when the box pops up.

    I'm dumping pics from a 2GB Kingston DataTraveler now :)

  4. Zaphod Beeblebrox February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Sorry, I mean choose "Import"

  5. Crodol February 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I am about to try Dropbox... is the Dropbox client a security or more likely a >>privacy<< risk in your opinions?! Why do they push so much for their client...?

  6. berttie February 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm #


    If you want maximum security built in, then checkout SpiderOak:

  7. Varun February 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Man, I disabled my autoplay using Bit Defender USB immunizer to protect my pc from autorun malware. Now no matter what i do, I can't get my autoplay to work again. Arrgh!

    • Shinjie93 February 5, 2012 at 4:29 am #

      Open Regedit

      and remove "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" key from:

      1 )

      2 )

      This should enable back Autorun :)

  8. Crodol February 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Thanks for the prompt replies!

  9. Klemen February 3, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    JPG import works fine, raw images (cr2) are crashing the client within seconds.

  10. acr February 3, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Will the 4.5 GB still be in accounts once the beta ends? Or will it be deleted?

    • Martin Brinkmann February 3, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      No one knows that for sure.

      • Aaron J February 22, 2012 at 6:34 am #

        They say it will be permanent!

        Quote from them:
        "Don't forget: During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 5GB total. The Dropbox space you earn is permanent. You can use it for the life of your account."

        Link -

  11. Stig February 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Nice post, will try it out :)

  12. Joaoh February 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Not working with raw files, if your anti-vírus disables auto-play, disable anto-vírus temporarily.

    As to the 4.5GB staying after this, it would be joking with the customers if it didn't. I don't think they would like to rage everyone who took the work to be beta-tester, but...

    • Joaoh February 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      "The free space is yours to keep (not just for the beta period)! " quoted from

  13. groban February 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Nice tip. I'm trying it now. But dropbox is very, very slow on download/upload speed. I have a 100/100 Mbit connection but dropbox never goes above 400 kbyte/s. Hey dropbox, I'll never truly make the shift to the cloud as long as your cloud insists on the kind of transfer speeds my ISP had back in 1998.

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    • Martin Brinkmann February 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I see it now, congrats, and thanks for linking to my site as well ;)

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    No problem. Your site is already well known and respected but I hope lots of new people clicked the link to come see your site too as this is a good place to read up on computer and software info.

  18. Paul February 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    How to get faster 4.5 GB of free space:
    - Connect a removable device with at least 5GB of free space
    - Open the command prompt and type "fsutil file createnew M:\video.avi 5368709120", where M is the letter of your device.
    This will create an empty file of 5GB.
    - Start the import process from Windows Explorer
    (Right click on the device, than click on "Open Autoplay" to open the autoplay dialog and finally click on "Import pictures and videos using Dropbox")
    The upload will take a couple of minutes, because the empty file will be compressed.

    • SFdude February 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      Followed the above clear instructions,
      but Dropbox 1.3.13 (latest),
      does not upload video file automatically
      to DB.

      After installing Dropbox 1.3.13 correctly,
      over my previous DB version

      1) I copied a 5 GB file:
      ===> "test.AVI" <====
      to Drive E: = my external HD disk (connected via USB ).

      2) I set this Drive E: Properties,
      in [ AutoPlay ] tab
      "Import Pictures & Videos using Dropbox",
      Apply, OK.

      3) Restarted PC (XP PRO -SP3).

      4) Restarted Dropbox 1.3.13 again.

      The 5GB file: "test.AVI"
      is ignored, not uploaded by DB.

      I must be missing some simple step/s....
      Any ideas Paul, anyone ?

      • Peter R. February 12, 2012 at 6:47 am #

        Make a folder called DCIM and move your video into it, then try again with the right click and Autoplay. Should work.

  19. Gana February 5, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I installed Dropbox client on Vista but when I try autoplay from my external devise not getting the 'import using dropbox' option at all
    Neither in autoplay controller in control panel

  20. Shinjie93 February 5, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    The Max space you can get is 5GB ( including the initial 500MB space) :)

  21. AB February 7, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    I am using a Vista 64 bit and I am not able to see the import using dropbox option in the autoplay nor in the control panel autoplay settings selection

  22. Zaphod Beeblebrox February 7, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Note this very important part of the original article:

    "For this to work, it is necessary to run the new Dropbox 1.3.12 client. This client is experimental and only linked at the Dropbox forum and not on the main site." (Link is in the article)

    It's the Experimental Beta, not the normal client :)

    • AB February 7, 2012 at 3:49 am #

      Hi Zaphod,
      I installed 1.3.13 and I am having the problem of the Dropbox option not showing up at all.

  23. Zaphod Beeblebrox February 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    @AB (and others having trouble):

    I'm running Windows XP 32-bit, with SP3.
    Downloaded the Experimental Beta from the DropBox Forum (not the normal download version).
    Have AutoPlay enabled for Optical Drive and USB Flash Drives.

    The older version of DropBox was working fine, this new Experimental Beta overwrote it and is also functioning correctly, and has added the "Import Pictures and Videos Using DropBox" option to the AutoPlay menu.

    I didn't have any problems with it - It just worked for me :)

  24. david b March 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Worked for me..
    some notes on it..
    Its 3 xtra gigs for doing the beta. 5 if you started on the last version, but the total is for the entire beta. So no getting 5 then adding 3 more.

    It only seems to work with files on the top level. i.e. If you have a drive with a bunch of folders it only takes the ones in the top level, and 1 folder. Perhaps just like its looking for the DCIM folder on a camera flash card?

    Finally when you're using the beta it 'upgrades' your web interface to their new GUI as well. I personally don't like it as much even though it adds some new functionality.

  25. guest July 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Get 500Mb more at startup with link
    I'll get the same amount if you do, so thanks if you use....

  26. John October 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm #
    2,5Gb for free with this link, verified

  27. Dropboxer November 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    the photo bonus still works, if you haven't so much photo/video you can rename a file with a '.jpg' or '.avi' extension and put it into a 'DCIM' folder on whatever external hard disk/sd then unplug/plug it into pc and start the sync ;)
    if you have not a dropbox account you can create a new one with this link:
    http: //
    to get a 500MB extra space.

  28. a dude January 18, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Use this referal link for dropbox and you and I will have additional 500MB for free

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