10 Replies Latest reply: May 22, 2013 1:18 AM by Roger Wilmut1
peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can I drag a folder (with all of its various file contents) from my Air's Finder onto the iCloud window? Will it leave a copy on my Air?


MacBook Air, iOS 5.0.1
  • 1. Re: Folder to iCloud
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    iCloud stores files by application, so you have to open the correct program for the file and you can't drag a folder if it has got different types of documents. Install Dropbox > http://www.dropbox.com

  • 2. Re: Folder to iCloud
    peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mende1, thanks very much. Your first sentence is understood (and indeed, there can be different file types in a folder). I have Dropbox (which I have for large files). Considering your reply, I will have to look into the various ways I can use Dropbox.

  • 3. Re: Folder to iCloud
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    You're welcome

  • 4. Re: Folder to iCloud
    peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mende!, if I can ask a further 'question'. Thinking about it, is Dropbox a place where I could 'store' a folder or files that would be as safe and secure as putting something on iCloud? (i.e. Dropbox is really a 'cloud-like' device?)

  • 5. Re: Folder to iCloud
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,485 points)

    Please see this Dropbox note on security:

     

    https://www.dropbox.com/help/27/en

  • 6. Re: Folder to iCloud
    peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Roger, thanks you for this reference. Good to read! I was curious as to Mendle1's suggestion. I've had Dropbox for years, but used it only for large-file transfers, and never really thought about other possibilities, until Apple's iCloud. It would seem that Dropbox can also be used as a 'cloud-like' storage place?

  • 7. Re: Folder to iCloud
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,485 points)

    Of course: anything you put in the 'DropBox' folder on your Mac will land up on the server, and if other devices are also subscribed to it it will land up there as well. What you can't do is upload a file to Dropbox and then delete it from your Dropbox folder. There is no separate non-synced storage.

     

    If you want that, SugarSync is a better bet: you are not limited to one specifically named folder - you can select any number of existing folders to sync - and there is also a 'Web Archive' facility to which you can upload and which doesn't sync (so you can delete or move the originals, and also save time in it checking synced folders).

     

    More info on that and other services here:

     

    http://rfwilmut.net/missing3

  • 8. Re: Folder to iCloud
    peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Again, many thanks for your information, and for your reference!

  • 9. Re: Folder to iCloud
    IamArunNirmal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    but iCloud has an added support that it automatically updates the content across all the devices

  • 10. Re: Folder to iCloud
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,485 points)

    IamArunNirmal wrote:

     

    but iCloud has an added support that it automatically updates the content across all the devices

    iCloud always did that, it's the entire point of its existence, but as we've extensively discussed in this thread it doesn't provide storage or syncing for files in general. For that you need a third-party application.