Dropquest 2011: Get 1 GB extra free Dropbox storage space!

Mirror, mirror on the wall: What is the best file sharing/backup service of them all? Dropbox. All free Dropbox accounts come with 2 GB of storage space. Last November I posted about how to increase that 2 GB of storage space by 50%. Want more free Dropbox storage space? Participate in Dropquest 2011.

Dropquest 2011 is a 30-step scavenger hunt sponsored by Dropbox. Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt gets 1 GB of extra free space; people who complete it the quickest get more goodies:

  • Platinum: (1) Dropbox hoodie (Psychobox), LIMITED EDITION Dropbox Hack Week t-shirt (actual design), Dropbox drawing signed by the Dropbox team, 50 GB for life!
  • Gold: (10) Dropbox hoodie (Psychobox), Dropbox print signed by the Dropbox team, 10 GB for life!
  • Silver: (20) Dropbox t-shirt (Psychobox), 5 GB for life!
  • Bronze: (50) 2 GB for life!
  • …and a few secret prizes too!

(By “quickest” Dropbox means the people who complete it the earliest. In other words, if you are starting Dropquest 2011 after reading this thread you have no chance of winning the special prizes. Just go for the 1 GB.)

Be warned that the scavenger hunt isn’t exactly a walk in the park; it is 30-steps and can be a bit confusing/tricky. However, the scavenger hunt started yesterday, so by now there are many step-by-step guides one can use, if you are too lazy to try to do the scavenger hunt yourself. (Aka you can cheat.) How ever you decide to do it, hit up the link below to begin Dropquest 2011. Be sure to do each step in the scavenger hunt because completing each step gives you X MB of space; completing all 30 steps gives you a total of 1 GB.

Dropquest 2011 is open for two weeks – it will close Saturday January 29, 2011 11:00 AM PST (7:00 PM GMT).

Dropquest 2011 start page

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  • jumbi #17 i love you! :)) thanks.
    and thanks ashraf and dropbox.
    love you all.

  • Well I had a go at this but I got to the bit where you put the pieces back together and I couldn’t even make them move. It’s a bit too hard for me. Love dropbox , love the cheat sheet, love the idea, but it looks like I will not graduate this gig. Dammit, I’d have liked that extra gig. ;(((

  • Roland

    Thanks for this. I could always use more space. Gee, it was even hard work doing this-ha.

  • jumbi

    Here is a much simpler and fast(!) cheat procedure, that anyone can follow to get 1gb in a minute:


    (Ashraf, pls update also this link to the main article for those who dont have spare time)

  • Eric

    The clues are totally obscure to normal people!

    How could one possibly know that Hint22.txt means link to https://www.dropbox.com/votebox/3712/frozen-yogurt. And then how would one deduce the link from that to Rian Hunter?

    I’d be interested if anyone knows the reasons for these answers. I just cannot see how anyone but an insider could work this out. Or am I wrong?


  • IndoMK

    One thing I’ve found that dropbox works for, and not other storage sites (such as SkyDrive), is hosting files for website use. I have a blog on google Blogger, and they don’t let you host files for things like a lightbox, but it works fine and dandy to use Dropbox for the javascript files, and link into the template. :) Just a random suggestion for anyone reading… ;)

  • Harry44Callahan


    Have you done a review on the “Gladinet Management Console”? For anyone interested in cloud storage and an excellent way to manage it all, this is an excellent free app. I’ve been using.

    Harry C.

  • Emrys

    @phoenix_rising: Thanx. I might be too used to GAOTD downloads and Ashraf’s usual free information.

  • Eric

    I’m stuck at step 2. It says go to the forums. So when I’m there, what do I do with the 284??

  • woohoo – thanks for the headsup! Extra space much appreciated.
    They didn’t make it easy did they?! I did plenty of cheating and it still took a while, particularly as their site is currently ..c..r..a..w..l..i..n..g.. at a snails pace and often timing out 404 ;-)

    “#47466 with a time of 01:23:16”

  • Casey

    47181 lolz

  • phoenix_rising

    @Emrys: I can understand your sentiment. But Dropbox has not only become one of my most-used apps as a student (especially when I’m writing assignments), but it also enables we at our organisation to transfer files between ourselves with utmost ease and simplicity. So is taking a few minutes to get an extra gig of space worth it? You betcha. I’ve tried out a lot of the alternatives mentioned here (and some that aren’t, like SpiderOak), and they just don’t reach the Dropbox mark.

  • Emrys

    Oh, what nonsense. And after all our happy years together. I’m off to Radio Shack to get another flash drive. I hope you keep me on your mailing list anyway. Remember all the good times? :)

  • jabtano

    Way too much time for me. so with what I have from them and skydrive i’m good.

  • Ashraf

    @PCbasics: How fast did you finish it?

    @phoenix_rising: You are welcome!

    @Locutus: Uh… somewhere in the thousands. xD

    @vince: Yeah, it is. I didn’t even do it all because it is long and I already have 20 GB of space…

    @colpha: Please see http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/15792 for a comparison.

  • colpha

    How this compares to Windows Live SkyDrive with 25GB of free online storage??

  • vince

    wow, it was difficult……

  • How’d you do?

  • phoenix_rising

    Nice find, Ashraf! Done (well, I used the walkthrough as I don’t have all day to spend on it). I love Dropbox – use it almost daily. So another 1GB is fantastic! Thanks again for the heads-up!

  • Nice! Participated in the first 5 minutes it started… :)