How to max your Dropbox referrals for 16GB of extra free storage space.
A while back Dropbox doubled the amount of free space you get for inviting friends to Dropbox! Which means you can now get a whopping total of 16 GB of extra space.
Now that is all well and good but it isn't always as easy as it sounds to get that extra space. Usually to do this you would need to invite 32 people and have them all sign up then download a client for their OS and sign in.. This could take forever and be really frustrating.
However I believe I have managed to find the fastest way to reach the referral limit and without the need to rely other people or and using only 1 machine - usually if you use the same machine to register the invites it will invalidate your bonus :(
Okay lets get to it and earn you up to 16GB of free bonus Dropbox storage.
You will need:
Steps to your free storage:
Sign up for your free Dropbox account
(skip if you already have one).
Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox on your machine. - (Follow this link if you require a walk through guide)
Install Dropbox on Ubuntu - Open up a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + t). After the ~$ write:
sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
Then enter in your password
$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox [sudo] password for user:
When asked 'Do you want to continue' hit enter.
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following extra packages will be installed: python-gpgme The following NEW packages will be installed nautilus-dropbox python-gpgme 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 62 not upgraded. Need to get 153 kB of archives. After this operation, 639 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
A window will appear, click 'Restart Nautilus' then 'Next'.
On the next window click 'Start Dropbox'.
If you get a message come up saying "Dropbox is running from an unsupported location", click 'Don't ask again'.
You should now see a 'Log in to Dropbox' window.
You'll be glad to know the main preparation is now out of the way, Leave this window open and move on the the next step.
You will need to log in to your account if you are not already
Open your referral link in a new tab/window. - Should look like this:
Sign up for another account from your referral link - If you have other email addresses start with those.
If you don't have other email addresses, or have run out, all you need to do is make a temporary one up (In the examaple I used 'firstname.lastname@example.org' with no problems). You will need to do this more than once to get all of the possible free space, therefore I recomend that you write your made up addresses down and use the same password for each one to make it easier
It may be best to write this all down like I have done below:
Password email1@madeUpDomain.com password email2@madeUpDomain.com password email3@madeUpDomain.com password
Once you have signed up with your alternate/temporary account leave the page open and move to the next step
Go back to Virtualbox and you should still have the 'Log in to Dropbox' window open. Enter in the details of your new alternate/temporary account and click 'Next'. Do not continue with the set-up after this point, just close all of the windows and shut down Ubuntu.
You should now have an extra 500mb of space in your dropbox :)
You can check on your referral status here when logged in to your main account
If you will not be using your alternate/temporary account please delete it from Dropbox. Follow the images below to do this :)
Repeat steps 7 - 10 until you have gained the maximum free space in your Dropbox.
Note: It is important to you first do the following instructions before going back to step 7 each time. If you don't your referrals will be invalid and you will not get the extra space!
Before you restart ubuntu in Virtualbox go to 'Settings' --> 'Network' --> 'Advanced' --> click the icon to Generate a new MAC address. Then click 'OK'
Enjoy your new storage space and tell your friends! :)