iCloud Drive taking up local hard drive space

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by James L, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Hello all,

    New to iCloud Drive, which was configured with the intention of using it as a cloud backup solution for specific files.

    I noticed whenever I copy a file to iCloud Drive it also reduces my available local Hard Drive space by the file size of the file.... i.e., it is making a local copy on my hard drive each time it uploads something up to the cloud.

    Is there a way to negate this behaviour?
  2. fronesis macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    No, this is how iCloud works. Whatever is on your iCloud drive is also on your hard drive. iCloud Drive is a (still problematic) implementation of a dropbox-like sync system. This is also just what would happen if you *copied* a file from one location on your hard drive to either dropbox or google drive.

    You can still backup files on your hard drive to the could by simply *moving* them (not copying them) to iCloud drive.

    If you want to move files permanently to the cloud and remove them from your HD entirely, then you'll need a backup cloud service. I know box allows this.

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