Yesterday I decided to use iCloud Drive as my main cloud storage alternative, so I copied most important data from my external drive to the iCloud Drive folders and let it go all night long. Today when I checked the progress it was stuck almost from the beginning.

I've tried restarting my Mac but nothing, it is extremely slow and Im very concerned about it.


I've been reading another answers to similar problems and they say that the better approach is no disable and re-enable iCloud drive after backing up files. Thats not an alternative for me cause as you can see Im talking about 120GB of data.

Please any help would be really appreciated.

  • If you 're uploading large files or many files at one time, it could take several days to complete the upload. iCloud is a sync system and not a backup system. This means it makes sure all your files are available to all other devices signed in with the same Apple iD. It does the uploading primarily in the background with the system resources are low. Leave your laptop plugged in, open, and on the network for 24-48 hours. If your internet speed is slow, it could take longer. – fsb Jun 24 '19 at 17:19
  • @fsb I've read that the iCloud drive was Apple's answer to Google Drive. I take it you say no. I believe you because files put on icloud drive don't free up disk space. – jmh Jun 25 '19 at 15:14
  • I'm not sure where you read that, it's not correct. Google Drive, and Dropbox and MS OneDrive, are all backup solutions. iCloud is for syncing and based on how it works it can take longer to replicate the changes to all devices. And, as you've indicated, you can't delete files locally in the iCloud folder without also deleting them in iCloud. – fsb Jun 25 '19 at 15:44

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