I am using OS X 10.10 with iCloud Drive. I am thinking of upgrading to a bigger storage plan (at the moment: 5GB).

I am running this Version on a MacBook Air with 128GB.

If I buy the 500GB package, does it mean that I fill up my local hard drive automatically when I upload things to the iCloud Drive?

iTunes has the Option of stream the music i didn't download yet.

How does iCloud Drive behave? Is there any Online Document?


Yes, iCloud drive on Macs keeps all of the files locally on every Mac, and needs enough space to do so. There's (at present) no selective sync option to keep some folders or files off some Macs.

If you have more files in the cloud than space on your devices, you will not have all the files stored locally.

Windows is designed similarly and there isn't a specific article by Apple to document how iCloud is designed. The general page says your files exist everywhere and glosses over the reality that when you initially add files, there's a delay in uploading and checking the files in.

On the Mac you can use brctl log -w to inspect the internal status of sync, but be aware there are lots of "errors" and "warnings" that don't impact the actual results of an account with all files synced.

  • Sames goes for icloud drive on Windows 7. – 131 Nov 1 '15 at 13:35

You can disable/uninstall icloud drive on your mac/windows and use only the web-interface (icloud.com) to upload & manage your files.


I have many Pages files and it took a good half hour to download them all to Pages on my iPhone and then Pages there became sluggish, so I turned iCloud for Pages off again. I did find that you can download to your iPhone individual files from Box.com but with iCloud Drive it is all or nothing. However you can write on Pages on your iPhone and upload to Drive.

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