Can I dump an entire hard drive onto iCloud Drive?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by alexjholland, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.
    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.

  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    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

    Aug 5, 2001
    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


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    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

    Aug 5, 2001
    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

    Aug 20, 2015
    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


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    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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