iCloud Drive as a online backup solution?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by LincolnsiPod, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. LincolnsiPod macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know if the iCloud Drive works for storing Time Machine backups? It seems like this could be a possible alternative to using backup services like BackBlaze or CrashPlan.
     
  2. impaler macrumors 6502

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    No it does not. It's designed to store individual files, like Dropbox or Google Drive. It's not meant for an entire system backup. I don't have Yosemite yet, as I'm awaiting the public release - but I doubt you'll be able to point a Time Machine backup to iCloud.
     
  3. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know. :)
     
  4. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    I have jumped on the 500gb a month plan and I intend to back up my photos and documents with it. All my other media is on an external drive.

    I can go to iCloud beta website and already see some pictures i've already put there.

    I'm hoping its seamless. :D
     
  5. superflush macrumors 6502a

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    I've been wondering about this too for a while.
    The one thing that struck out to me is that CrashPlan and Backblaze will allow you to pull deleted files, whereas I don't think iCloud Drive or iCloud Photo Library would have that ability. I currently pay $5 per month for CrashPlan, and the main thing I need backed up is photos (with important documents being in Dropbox). I could potentially replace CrashPlan with the $4 per month 200GB plan. However, I'm not sure how it would work for restores and how reliable it will be. I intend try it out at least (before I cancel CrashPlan).
     

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