iCloud Drive and Yosemite - online only?

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  1. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    I hope my question makes sense.

    I recently upgraded to the 200gb iCloud plan so I could fit all my photos on iCloud Photo Library. There's still plenty of iCloud space left, however, so I was wondering if I could upload some of my important (big) files to iCloud Drive BUT leave them ONLY on iCloud Drive, NOT on my Mac?

    Here's why: my Mac's hard drive is filling up, and the files I want to upload to iCloud Drive will just be duplicates, taking up hard drive space. I'd like to make use of iCloud Drive and my plentiful iCloud storage, but not at the expense of my laptop's hard drive. I'd like to do it Dropbox/OneDrive-style, by uploading files online on iCloud.com but not on my Mac.

    I hope my question was clear... and I hope someone can answer sufficiently. Many thanks!
     
  2. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    No, you can't do that.
     
  3. christarp macrumors 6502

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    Why not? I've uploaded things to icloud drive and then deleted them locally off my mac. I have all my previous classes projects and whatnot on icloud drive and not on my mac currently.
     
  4. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    If you moved your files into the iCloud Drive folder on your Mac, the files are still on your Mac (and online in iCloud, of course). Everything in iCloud Drive is synced to your Mac, no exceptions.
     
  5. lssmit02 macrumors 6502

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    Solution is to reduce size of photo library

    According to Apple on this page
    Therefore, to save space on your mac, you can reduce the size of your photos library, leaving more space on your mac for the other files stored locally in your iCloud drive (which are duplicated on the iCloud drive maintained by Apple). This doesn't mean you cannot access the full size versions. According to Apple on this page,
    and
     

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