iCloud storage related question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PKoz, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. PKoz macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2017
    Hi guys,

    Hopefully not a stupid question. If I have a lot of storage capacity on my iCloud account, could I delete something on my Mac and have it still be available on Mac, but as a download item no longer actually on my Mac. Like music on iCloud. I can delete it but then I just get a little cloud icon letting me know I can download it again. The music is still there, just not locally stored on my mac. I want that for everything on my Mac. Is there such a feature?
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yes, you can do that, but keep a back up somewhere else - like on an external drive of some sort.
  3. PKoz thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2017
    How exactly would I do this?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Never never Never NEVER "put your faith in the cloud" completely. Never.

    Always always Always ALWAYS keep a physical backup of your stuff in your possession that YOU control.

    If you don't have a backup, learn about making one. It's easy.

    I recommend either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.
    Both are FREE to download and try for 30 days.

    My personal favorite is CCC.
    Just download it and use it (it takes only a few clicks of the mouse) to create a BOOTABLE cloned backup of your internal drive on an external backup drive.

    If you don't have a backup drive, BUY ONE.
    A USB3 platter-based hard drive will do the job.

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