Copied files..Where are they actually located if they do not count towards storage quota?

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So if a copied file from one course to another does not count towards storage space, where is it stored? Is it linked from the original location or does it actually reside in the new course? There are some security issues..

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Hi @qmartin 

Since Canvas is a relational database, the file copy resides in a table in that database, and is associated with the course it is copied into - in other words, it is in that second course, but has been flagged somehow within that database to not count towards your course limit.

But you really need to talk to a Canvas engineer for the full skinny!  Your school's CSM (Customer Success Manager) can likely hook you up.

Good luck,


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