I Accidentally MOVED files to iCloud

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DotCom2, May 26, 2017.

  1. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

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    YIKES!
    I accidentally moved ALL my files from my Documents folder to iCloud! All I really wanted to do was just COPY them to iCloud not move them!
    How do I get them back on my local drive?
     
  2. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    If by "moved" you mean you've enabled iCloud syncing of Desktop & Documents, you can uncheck that option and then copy them back from the iCloud drive using the usual drag method.
     
  3. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the reply but no, I didn't enable iCloud syncing.
    Now what do I do?
     
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Just download them from iCloud. Open doc,choose save,and folder,wait for download,done.
     
  5. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    Ok... what did you do to move them?
     
  6. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I did a Select All, then dragged them to the iCloud folder in Finder.
    Now my local Documents Folder is empty.
     
  7. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    They appear to have changed the default (copy vs move) at some point to match what Dropbox does. You can always force it to make a copy by holding Option while dragging, which works both going to and from iCloud. At least it does for me under El Capitan.

    I'd suggest experimenting with a single file first.
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    BTW, technically those moved files are still on your disk, just in a different (controlled) location:

    ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs

    But you don't need to (and shouldn't) mess with them there.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Another reason why I don't mess with iCloud (have never even signed into it, in fact…) !
     
  9. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well I got all my files back into the local Documents Folder now, but when I did the accidental "Move", it also moved my Parallels VM and now I can't get my VM back!
    WHAT A $%)*#$)%* MESS!
     

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