Dropbox's Dropquest 2012 begins; at least 1 GB of space

Dropbox is always coming up with ways to give its users more space on its cloud storage service. Today, the company is launching its annual Dropquest event. As Dropbox's blog states: "Dropquest is a multi-step scavenger hunt that has you solve a series of puzzles (inspired by the likes of MIT’s Mystery Hunt or Notpron [though not nearly as time/effort-consuming])."

The Dropquest event starts at this link, although before you start you might want to download the company's PC desktop client, because a number of the puzzles take place within a user's own Dropbox account.

The nice thing is that everyone who enters and completes Dropquest 2012 will be able to get an extra 1 GB of space on their Dropbox account. The person who completes all the puzzles first will get 100 GB of free storage space for life, along with some other nice Dropbox swag.  10 second place finishers will get 20 GB of free space for life, 15 third place finishers will get 5 GB for life and 50 fourth place finishers will get an extra 2 GB of space.

One more thing: Dropbox claims that this year's Dropquest will be hard, saying, "Last year Dropquest was finished in a little under 2 hours, but the Black-ops team doubts that it’ll be solved in under 5 hours this year — feel free to prove us wrong."

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I did this dropquest like i did last year, cheating...
I do not currently need the extra space (7,5 of 19 gb in use) but who knows...

And switching to skydrive for the extra 6 gb? will take way too much effort to convert everyone with the shared folders. I rather spend some time on dropquest or beta test a new feature (camera upload thing)

Or you could join one of the many other storage providers and get more space for free without wasting time playing some stupid game.

Pretty awesome! I've got through with a bit of cheating. I keep dropbox for sentimental reasons only. Skydrive's 25GB make me more than happy, and it also has features that nobody else offers (e.g. accessing the files of a computer from another).
Dropbox has better sync client software.

I was looking or more space last night... Sorry drop quest 2011 if over. I thought oh we'll, probably not going to do it again. Now it's on! How freaky I must have telepathically triggered a new Drop quest or something like that. That's like someone who says that their favourite football team usually lose when they spectate the match, but always win when they don't.

mantequillas said,
More like "At least nothing" .... The first thousand get "at least" 1GB free. Thanks for a, once again, misleading title.

Nah, that's not true, I've started on Dropquest and it seems they give you extra space as you complete more and more "chapters". I've gotten 50MB + 75MB so far, I presume as you complete more chapters, they give you more free space, and by the time you finish the entire Dropquest, you'd get 1GB in total. The first few get the prizes which are additional space on top of the free 1GB you'd get for completing Dropquest.

So the title isn't misleading, you always get 1GB if you complete the Dropquest (and even if you can't complete it now, the answers are popping up everywhere).

i'm stuck after 12...i restored the thing...it says continue...i click that link for 13...do what it says and nothing happened

They better step it up quick in regards to space. I've already uninstalled Dropbox from all my PCs and now use Skydrive. I guess they forgot that disk space and internet throughput costs next to nothing. Cheap *******.

I'm really trying to recontinue with chapter 7 after closing the open pages. Can't get it back to chapter 7, and can't redo the chapters. Chapter 2 is not working.

Chapter 14 is confusing, I'm supposed to match it as in the highlighted grid (6, 8 and 4), but I'm missing the number 4 on my movable grid to complete it...

It worked for chapter 6 but now I can't find the chapter 7 (i went to listen to the soundclip, lost location, cleared all open page). Do I have to restart from beginning or is the dropquest intelligent enough to know that i'm at chapter 7?

Also, if you email a video to dropquesters2012@dropbox.com stating what you liked/didn't like about Dropquest, you will get credited another 250mb.

"You placed #5111 with a time of 02:12:04" - Thanks guys, I had got to Chapter 4 before I stumbled across this page, Now have 13.5GB space Couple more referrals on random sites and I can reach the limit of 18GB

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
"You placed #5111 with a time of 02:12:04" - Thanks guys, I had got to Chapter 4 before I stumbled across this page, Now have 13.5GB space Couple more referrals on random sites and I can reach the limit of 18GB

The space you get from this is in addition. Your cap should have gone up an additional 1GB.

Chapter 19: On the actual dropbox site, move the pictures in the 'spring cleaning' folder into the category folders:

Category 1: 1 3 6 8 9
Category 2: 2 4 5 7 10

I wrote it before, and it applies here more than ever - getting extra drop box space is like playing a Xbox game. Achievement Unlocked! You found something on the internet! 2GB!

Chapter 1: 64529 38645 46637 24929 <- try one of these
Chapter 2: https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2012/crane
Chapter 3: SMUDGES
Chapter 4: SOMA
Chapter 5: MAD LIB

Chapter 6:
https://www.dropbox.com/events...alse&n=0&d=1-7-2003
https://www.dropbox.com/events...lse&n=0&d=3-21-2005
https://www.dropbox.com/events...se&n=0&d=11-28-2001

Chapter 7:
https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2012/LEADING or
https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2012/DEALING or
https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2012/aligned

Chapter 8: triumphant
Chapter 9: Go https://www.dropbox.com/tour/6 and invite the given email address
Chapter 10: Mexico, Korea or Argentina
Chapter 11: Southpole
Chapter 12: Restore Chapter12.txt to its previous version (on the dropbox website)
Chapter 13: Go to https://www.dropbox.com/help, and click on the shield of "Security and Privacy"
Chapter 14: Click http://www.surfpoeten.de/sudok... and find out the square that's referring to your highlighted square. Then solve the puzzle by placing the numbers as they are shown exactly on your highlighted square
Chapter 15: Share a folder with savior@dropbox.com, flash@dropbox.com, or boxer@dropbox.com
Chapter 16: Go to https://www.dropbox.com/share and click on the rainbox icon on the top middle of the page
Chapter 17: Shanghai
Chapter 18 - Do a repair on the Dropquest Folder (bottom left corner of chapter page)
Chapter 19: On the actual dropbox site, move the pictures in the 'spring cleaning' folder into the category folders:

Category 1: 1 3 6 8 9
Category 2: 2 4 5 7 10

Chapter 20 solution: https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2012/apollo13

Chapter 21: ABUSIVELY

Chapter 22: Adage, Faced, Nasha, Badge

Chapter 23: MACHU PICCHU

Endgame: colosseum

Edited by episode, May 12 2012, 11:47pm :

Can you write the links of the chapters in short? I can't read them since they were shorten with the dots.

episode said,
Chapter 1: 64529 38645 46637 24929 <- try one of these
Chapter 2: https://www.dropbox.com/dropqu...
Chapter 3: SMUDGES
Chapter 4: SOMA
Chapter 5: MAD LIB
Chapter 6: https://www.dropbox.com/events... or https://www.dropbox.com/events...
Chapter 7: https://www.dropbox.com/dropqu... or https://www.dropbox.com/dropqu... or https://www.dropbox.com/dropqu...
Chapter 8: triumphant
Chapter 9: Go https://www.dropbox.com/tour/6 and invite the given email address
Chapter 10: Mexico, Korea or Argentina
Chapter 11: Southpole
Chapter 12: Restore Chapter12.txt to its previous version
Chapter 13: Go to https://www.dropbox.com/help, and click on the shield of "Security and Privacy"
Chapter 14: Click http://www.surfpoeten.de/sudok... and find out the square that's referring to your highlighted square. Then solve the puzzle by placing the numbers as they are shown exactly on your highlighted square
Chapter 15: Share a folder with savior@dropbox.com, flash@dropbox.com, or boxer@dropbox.com
Chapter 16: Go to https://www.dropbox.com/share and click on the rainbox icon on the top middle of the page

Axel Delgado Rodr said,
Can you write the links of the chapters in short? I can't read them since they were shorten with the dots.

Fixed.

Well, you don't have to use Microsoft or Google. Dropbox will be fine. People like different set ups and it will have a few tricks of it's own.

Lol Dropbox is finished. With Skydrive and Google Drive giving you more storage for free, and paid storage for vastly less money I just can't see anyone sticking with Dropbox unless they drop their pricing or add some highly compelling features. I bought an annual account but the minute that expires I'm jumping ship, unless Dropbox brings their pricing in line with MS and Google.

The other reason I think Dropbox is finished is because Skydrive is going to be built into W8 and GDrive will be built into Android soon enough I'm sure. Who will seek out third party cloud storage when a perfectly good (and cheaper) first-party solution is built right into their OS, along with APIs that allow apps to utilize the cloud storage? How can Dropbox combat against that? (edit: I know Dropbox also has APIs for app creators, but with Skydrive and I'm guessing Gdrive it's going to be built right into the OS)

Edited by Nick K, May 12 2012, 7:46pm :

More space on another app doesn't mean it's better. Dropbox is very rich in the features it offers that you don't get on GDrive or Skydrive, i.e. being able to http link to a file or image with minimal fuss.

Salty Wagyu said,
More space on another app doesn't mean it's better. Dropbox is very rich in the features it offers that you don't get on GDrive or Skydrive, i.e. being able to http link to a file or image with minimal fuss.

True Dropbox does have some features absent from Skydrive like selective folder syncing, but that's not worth paying 4x as much for. I believe MS has said more features are coming soon. And you can easily http link to a document from Skydrive don't know what you're talking about.

Nick K said,

True Dropbox does have some features absent from Skydrive like selective folder syncing, but that's not worth paying 4x as much for. I believe MS has said more features are coming soon. And you can easily http link to a document from Skydrive don't know what you're talking about.

SkyDrive won't sync Symlinks though. That's something needed if you're going to throw a lot into it.

_Heracles said,
Nah, with my 25 GB Skydrive... I kinda don't care...

Except that it's dog slow to sync compared to dropbox. I do like the space though.

QuarterSwede said,

Except that it's dog slow to sync compared to dropbox. I do like the space though.

No problems with speed here.

_Heracles said,
Nah, with my 25 GB Skydrive... I kinda don't care...

Same. I get more space with SkyDrive, plus it will be integrated into Windows 8. I still have a Dropbox account but I don't use it at the moment.

QuarterSwede said,

Except that it's dog slow to sync compared to dropbox. I do like the space though.

true... its syncs very slow... hopefully MS fix that soon.. to sync a 50mb file it took around 5 minutes. Dropbox and Gdrive synced in less than a minute.

still1 said,

true... its syncs very slow... hopefully MS fix that soon.. to sync a 50mb file it took around 5 minutes. Dropbox and Gdrive synced in about a minute.

still1 said,

true... its syncs very slow... hopefully MS fix that soon.. to sync a 50mb file it took around 5 minutes. Dropbox and Gdrive synced in less than a minute.

I noticed SkyDrive is far slower than Mesh which is very odd to me. Mesh is SO FAST for me!

Enron said,

No problems with speed here.


I did tests on syncing a few of the same files (a few pictures of about 2+MB) on DropBox, Google Drive and SkyDrive and seeing how long it took for their iOS app to receive the files

The results were telling. DropBox synced in seconds, Google Drive in tens of seconds and SkyDrive in minutes. It's that much slower.

QuarterSwede said,

I did tests on syncing a few of the same files (a few pictures of about 2+MB) on DropBox, Google Drive and SkyDrive and seeing how long it took for their iOS app to receive the files

The results were telling. DropBox synced in seconds, Google Drive in tens of seconds and SkyDrive in minutes. It's that much slower.

That's odd, because with the desktop client, I uploaded a 30 mb file and it took under a minute.

still1 said,

true... its syncs very slow... hopefully MS fix that soon.. to sync a 50mb file it took around 5 minutes. Dropbox and Gdrive synced in less than a minute.

It seems synching slowly is specific to certain people, or perhaps parts of the country/world. My guess is that it depends which Microsoft data centre your sky drive is located in, because sync speed on mine is fine.