I'm using iCloud to add additional storage to my Macbook. I'm trying to upload some or external hard drives, but it's a slow process since I can't extend the free space.

Is there a way to change the default free space on my local harddrive that way I can force more storage onto the cloud?

  • Can't you just install macOS onto a larger external drive with more space, upload to iCloud, then boot back to your smaller volume? Depending on your Mac you would have to allow external booting in Recovery. – Redarm Oct 22 '20 at 13:14
  • That's not really how it works. You can't simply buy cloud storage to increase the storage on your physical device. If you need more space on your machine you need to add it there (i.e.USB drive, larger drive/ssd, etc.) That said...what is "default free space?" Free space is what you haven't used and there's no setting anywhere for storage you've yet to consume. – Allan Oct 22 '20 at 15:55
  • @Allan "When storage space is needed, only the files you recently opened are kept on your Mac, so that you can easily work offline." support.apple.com/en-us/HT206996 – Betsy Dupuis Oct 22 '20 at 16:01
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    @Allen About your comment about frequently used files: if space is insufficient, even open files are removed from your Mac and one has to re-download them to carry on working with them, or saving them. The best option to achieve the OP's intended result seems to be my first suggestion/question (as long as a larger external drive is available). – Redarm Oct 22 '20 at 18:09
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    @Allan The second description is just personal experience - packing my system into a very small volume, the system becomes quite aggressive at removal. I've long complained about the removal of open iCloud files in e.g. Affinity Designer, when space goes down to 5 GB (only a temp file is kept, which can't be saved and a manual re-download is necessary). – Redarm Oct 23 '20 at 12:20

It appears at this time, that if the concept of "default free local hard drive space" exists, it is not accessible through any known interface. Not the user interface or terminal.

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