Increase Dropbox Space for Free (Linux)

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.

The Trick:

  1. Create new dummy dropbox account using your main account’s referral link
  2. Login using the dummy dropbox account which cause your main account’s space increased (remember to enter a new computer name).
  3. Reset your computer’s MAC address
  4. Repeat from step 1

Simple instructions:

  1. Install Ubuntu on your virtual machine:
    1. Installed VirtualBox on your host PC.
    2. Create a new virtual machine with the following key configurations:
      1. 1 GB RAM (you may try something lower)
      2. Mount the Ubuntu Live CD ISO image to your Storage settings to make the machine boot from the Live CD.
  2. Start the virtual machine you created. Wait until it goes to the Ubuntu desktop.
  3. Install Dropbox on your Ubuntu operating system:
    1. 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)
    2. In the Ubuntu Software Center, search for Dropbox and install (you may need to click “Use this source”)
    3. Start Dropbox (on the left hand side menu or type ‘dropbox start’). When asked, clicked “Don’t ask again”.
  4. Create dummy Dropbox account as instructed in Step 8 of the above URL.
  5. In your Ubuntu Dropbox client, login with the Dropbox account you have just created . Enter some different computer name!
  6. 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!
  7. To continue increase the space, do the following:
  8. Close the virtual machine (yes you have to do everything over again)
  9. Following the webpage’s instruction to reset a new MAC address for your network computer.
  10. repeat from step 2 of this guide.
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