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How to get 10GB on Dropbox with a free account

Filed under: Internet — Jannis at 11:45 pm on Thursday, July 22, 2010

I’m a huge fan of Dropbox ever since I started using it. Today I decided to  to upgrade my free account to an 50 GB paid account. Unfortunately  I encountered problems using paypal as the payment method. Starting to google for a solution I quickly found out that it is now possible to get up to 10 GB of free space with referrals.I also found a way to cheat on Dropbox to get the free space with a little effort of time here. This is the instructions…

  1. Make sure you’ve made yourself a “Dropbox Guru” by checking the 5 or 6 tasks on the web interface. You should get an extra 250MB for this (and probably already have).
  2. Work out how many lots of referrals (in 250MB chunks) you need to take you to 10GB. Let’s say you need x…
  3. Set up x trashmail accounts that will forward 1 message for 1 day
  4. Send a referral to each of these trashmail accounts from your regular Dropbox login
  5. Check the referrals page on the web interface of your regular Dropbox login – all the trashmail accounts should show “invited” or something like that
  6. Sign out of your regular Dropbox account online
  7. Set up an account and password for each of your x trashmail accounts, ensuring to use the referral links that got forwarded to your normal email from trashmail. Suggest making the password the same for each one to save your grey cells
  8. You should now be able to log back into your regular account and check you referral status. All the trashmail accounts should now show “account created” or similar.
  9. Download VirtualBox and install it
  10. Download the latest Ubuntu ISO image (700MB)
  11. Run VirtualBox and load up the Ubuntu ISO. Follow instructions here from the ever dependable Lifehacker
  12. As Ubuntu loads, be sure just to run from the ISO – you don’t want to install it
  13. Open Firefox in the Virtual Ubuntu
  14. Navigate to and download the Ubuntu version of Dropbox (strangely it is a 2 step process: you download the file from the web and install, then go into Applications then Internet and click on Dropbox to complete)
  15. Choose the Dropbox prompt “I already have an account” and sign in with your first trashmail account
  16. As soon as it has signed in, your master computer (i.e. not the virtual machine should show you a notification that your storage has increased)
  17. Close the Ubuntu virtual machine window
  18. Delete the virtual machine on the VirtualBox management window
  19. Start again for the next trashmail account with steps 11 to 18 (it is important to delete the Ubuntu virtual machine and start again as Dropbox knows it’s the same install)
  20. Once you’ve done this x times, you should have maxed out your Dropbox account up to 10GB.

Have Fun!

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