Can I dump an entire hard drive onto iCloud Drive?

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  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502

    alexjholland

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    I'm running a 2012 MacBook Pro, with two hard drives.
    • 1TB SSD Boot Drive
    • 1TB Spinner 'media drive' in the optical bay
    I recently upgraded to the 2TB iCloud package, but only use about 250GB of it.

    Can I put my entire second hard drive onto iCloud Drive, so it's automatically backed-up?

    It'd be useful to have the hundreds of GB of GoPro footage I keep on #2 in the cloud.

    Thanks
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Not automatic synchronisation between the two, no - unless you use a utility that checks parity between the two. But sending up the full drive as a dmg or something, sure
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    You'd waste a hell of a lot of space doing that. No point in backing up the system, which takes up quite a lot of space.

    You should rather just use High Sierras automatic Documents & Desktop iCloud sync feature, which stores the contents in iCloud, hence doing what you ask.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    I don't think the drive he is talking about has the system on it... just seems to be a media storage drive
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    Ah, didn't notice that! But in that case, he might consider creating a Fusion Drive, and get the best of both worlds.
     
  6. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    I don't think there's a way (yet) to tell iCloud Drive to sync a secondary drive. Maybe there's a way to hack it with a symlink or something? I believe Dropbox might have some external drive syncing options, but that doesn't help you take advantage of your iCloud quota.

    I've actually got the same "problem" -- a 2TB iCloud plan that I'm only using 1/4 of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    It would be easy enough to test using a symbolic link but I've never tried it and don't use iCloud drive in my setup.
     

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