Dropbox is amongst the most popular file-hosting and file-syncing services and for good reason: it syncs files seamlessly, works on a bunch of platforms and, in addition to the free 2GB space, the company gives away free space to users every once in a while.

Recently, the company released a Beta version of their app on Android. It was accompanied by a beta version on the desktop which gives away 500MB of free space (up to 5GB) every time you upload 500MB worth of images/videos.

Well, we’ve discovered an awesome loophole of sorts that lets you skip the tedious uploading of 5GB of images/videos to get straight to the lovely 5GB of free space. Check it out after the jump!

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The method is pretty simple. Here’s what is required:

  • A removable media storage device of 5GB or more memory
  • Dropbox 1.3.13
  • Windows 7

Yes, that last bit may be a little disappointing for those of you who are fans of OS X or Linux. This method has only been confirmed to work on Windows 7 (though Vista and XP should also support this) because of a service called AutoPlay which scans removable media and gives options to the users to play/display the content inside it.

Step 1: Download and install Dropbox 1.3.13 (Beta) [Official Thread]

Step 2: Create a folder called DCIM and place 5GB or greater amount of photos. \

Step 3: Transfer DCIM to a removable media such as a microSD card, external HDD or a USB flash drive. Place this folder in the uppermost directory.

Step 4: Eject the removable media. Insert it back again.

Step 5: If you have Autoplay enabled, the following menu will show up:

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Click on Import pictures and videos and wait for the pictures and videos to be imported. Because 5GB is a considerable amount of pictures/videos, this process can take time.

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That should be it.

Note: If Dropbox doesn’t increase your storage after you have completed above step, follow the step below.

Step 6: Delete all files inside the Camera Upload folder.

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We’ve tested this method and can confirm that it works 100%. Yours truly has now 8.5GB of space on his Dropbox. Get yours before Dropbox patches this loophole.

(via Reddit)

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