Can you store files directly on iCloud?

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  1. Red_Tiger macrumors newbie

    Red_Tiger

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    Hi Everyone!

    I hope this question is finding you well.

    I have recently started using the 2TB iCloud option for my files and media.

    I would like to transfer most of my files from an external desktop drive to iCloud. The internal SSD doesn’t have the capacity but I was hoping iCloud would store these files without taking up much disk space.

    Though I am soon finding that iCloud needs physical disk space to store files and it won’t copy any files as it there is not enough disk space. I currently have 150gb free on the SSD and 1.76TB free on iCloud. The folder being transferred is 60GB, mainly photoshop/illustrator files.

    Is there anyway of directly loading files to iCloud, bypassing the need to place them on the systems drive?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040

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  3. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    Would your only copy of these files just be on iCloud then? If so, not a good idea. A good backup strategy requires 3 copies in different places on different media.
     
  4. Arcade macrumors 6502

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    I use finder's iCloud Drive to upload files to a folder called "backup files".
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Three month old thread, but yeah, I use the iCloud Drive as if it were a small external drive.
     

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