Using iCloud drive to back up documents

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  1. Philsy macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I use Time Machine to back up to to a local hard drive. However, I like the idea of essential documents being backed up outside the house, so have been using SugarSync to back-up my documents folder (which contains a mix of formats, including Word, Pages, Numbers, InDesign etc). It works very well but there is a small monthly cost.

    Now iCloud Drive is here, I wonder if it would make sense to use that instead. However, I can't see an obvious way to do it without changing my filing system.

    I did try creating an alias of my Documents folder and dropped it into the iCloud Drive folder but, while it appeared to my there on my Mac, when I looked for it on iCloud.com it wasn't visible. And even is it was, I'm not sure it would be automatically kept up to date.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Thanks

    Phil
     
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    satcomer macrumors 603

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    I was burned by the .Mac fiasco so do my advice is not to rely on iCloud Drive right now and wait for the rollout and the inevitable rush. Wait about three months before reling on just one online service. It us better to use two online saving services for the time being until it all calms down. :eek:
     
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    I wonder, if I store all my files in iCloud drive, if my Mac needs a restore can I just wipe it and then sign back in to iCloud drive and all my files are back again!?
     
  4. ABC5S Suspended

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    I've done just that and my files are all still on iCloud. Actually I've made a clean install of all the Public Beta's and the files remain.
     
  5. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    That is great news! I've signed up for the 500gb storage and hope that when Apple drops the new Photos app I can have it all stored in iCloud.

    If the stars align and it all works out it will be epic!
     
  6. Philsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How are you storing your files? Just drag and dropped them over? Do you then access them via the iCloud Drive folder or via a local directory?

    If I did the former, I'd have to rearrange my local file structure and the way I am currently working.
     
  7. ABC5S Suspended

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    I drag them to iCloud, and upload them to "Pages" on the iCloud site.
     

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  8. Abba1 macrumors regular

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    Use with caution, but do use.

    At this point I only put items I don't mind losing on the drive.
     
  9. Philsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Surely, copies are kept locally as well, though?
     
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    Yup...
     
  11. Abba1 macrumors regular

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    Copies

    That depends! Since I'm still checking out the drive, I keep important files on Mac and Time Machine. But, when I start using it seriously, I will keep copies of anything important on both Time Machine and my other external backup.
     
  12. Philsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to drag up an old thread, but now that iCloud Drive has been with us a few months, I wonder if people are finding new ways to use it for managing files and backing up.

    Cheers

    Phil
     
  13. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Nope, nothing to entice me away from Dropbox/Box as yet.
     

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