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How do I back up documents that are stored in iCloud to my own hard drive?

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Nov 30, 2012 8:17 AM

The trouble is, however I search for an answer to this question, I get instructions on how to back up stuff TO iCloud.


I want to back up stuff that applications like Pages and Numbers are already storing IN iCloud.


See, I don't want to have to trust iCloud to safely store my documents.  Not unless there are copies somewhere that I can fall back on if (it's really only a matter of when) something goes fatally haywire in iCloud.


It's easy enough to do with a service like, say, Dropbox, which treats my "cloud-stored" files like they are in a folder on my hard-drive.  So when I run either a local (Time Machine/Capsule) or a cloud (Crashplan, in my case) backup, those files get backed up.  So I have at least three copies of those files - in Dropbox, on my Time Capsule, and on Crashplan's servers.


So how do I do that with docs that are stored in iCloud?  Apple wants me to store stuff in iCloud - if I have iCloud enabled and want to save a doc to another destination, there are multiple steps I want to go through.  And I'm fine with using iCloud if I'm creating documents that I want to be able to access from my iOS devices as well.


Yes, I can do that with Dropbox, but it's less seamless than doing it through iCloud.


But I want my own backups of those files, and near as I can tell, Apple makes that nearly impossible because iCloud does not show up anywhere as a folder that I can access or sort.


Or does it?  Am I missing something?


If so, let me know.... if not... is there a solution to this dilemma, or is it just one more aspect of iCloud that Apple has not clearly thought through?





iPhone 5, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Pointless to list my Apple products


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