I purchased the 200 gigs plan thinking it would give me elbow room for the usual purposes of iCloud but I also had another purpose in mind. I wanted to copy up to iCloud some folders just for backup which I also have stored on an external drive. I do not want these files taking up space on my startup disk. I have just learned that everything I put on iCloud drive lives locally too in ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ This is a problem. I don't want the stuff locally but if I try to remove it locally from that folder, it'll get deleted off iCloud drive as well. I understand the reasoning here, to maintain access if the internet is down and for everyday data that's a good thing. For backing stuff up as archives it is not. For example, I'd like to keep a backup of my Movies folder on iCloud drive. These are movies from various sources that live in various folders within that folder. I don't need them in duplicate on my startup drive but if I copy them over to iCloud that is just what I get. Any ideas on how to solve this problem? I thought maybe an alias would work nicely but no. If I make an alias in the local folder (Mobile Documents) and copy it outside that folder then open it, the view is empty. If I make an alias in iCloud itself via the finder and move it to the desktop or if I copy the same alias in either case it does not work. I open the alias and nothing is displayed. I don't want to access this data from iCloud when I have it locally either given its size. Similarly, I thought it would be nice to save 50 gigs worth of iTunes library to iCloud as well. I am aware of iTunes Match but given its issues, the very first thing I'd want to do before using it is to have redundant backups of my iTunes library and I thought iCloud would be an excellent place for one of them. However, I do not want that at the expense of 50 wasted gigs of duplicate data on my startup drive. I hope that all made sense. I found it confusing at first until I understood this doesn't work the way I was expecting it to. I didn't expect local access without an internet connection. I wish there was a way to specify if you want that option on a per folder basis in iCloud. That would be nice.