This guide teaches you to increase your Dropbox’s space via the referral trick under Linux.
The idea originates from this post. Basically I have verified the instruction is correct. The purpose of this post is just to give a bit more detail about the way working it out.
I confirmed this on this configuration is working for me:
- Host PC: Windows 7 64-bit
- VirtualBox 4.2.4 (download link)with following configuration:
- 1 GB RAM
- No hard disk required
- Guest operating system on VirtualBox: Ubuntu Desktop 11.10 x64 (the filename looks something like Fedora-18-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso)
I tried Ubuntu 12.10 on VirtualBox 4.x, but Ubuntu runs terribly slow and version 11.10 runs very smooth.
- Create new dummy dropbox account using your main account’s referral link
- Login using the dummy dropbox account which cause your main account’s space increased (remember to enter a new computer name).
- Reset your computer’s MAC address
- Repeat from step 1
- Install Ubuntu on your virtual machine:
- Installed VirtualBox on your host PC.
- Create a new virtual machine with the following key configurations:
- 1 GB RAM (you may try something lower)
- Mount the Ubuntu Live CD ISO image to your Storage settings to make the machine boot from the Live CD.
- Start the virtual machine you created. Wait until it goes to the Ubuntu desktop.
- Install Dropbox on your Ubuntu operating system:
- Open Ubuntu Software Center (click the top icon on the left menu with a circle icon, and type “Ubuntu Software Center” in the search textbox)
- In the Ubuntu Software Center, search for Dropbox and install (you may need to click “Use this source”)
- Start Dropbox (on the left hand side menu or type ‘dropbox start’). When asked, clicked “Don’t ask again”.
- Create dummy Dropbox account as instructed in Step 8 of the above URL.
- In your Ubuntu Dropbox client, login with the Dropbox account you have just created . Enter some different computer name!
- Done! You should see a popup message for the main Dropbox account telling you space is increased when you logged in via Ubuntu’s Dropbox client!
- To continue increase the space, do the following:
- Close the virtual machine (yes you have to do everything over again)
- Following the webpage’s instruction to reset a new MAC address for your network computer.
- repeat from step 2 of this guide.