Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 2:07 PM (in response to bilbo_baggins)
Fascinating. I have suspected corruption on my rMBP for a few months, expecially since iTunes swapped the album artwork all around and gave some music artwork from a podcast. Oh yeah, and occasionally the entire machine throws garbage on the screen and crashes. I just assumed that a time machine back up would also save whatever caused the corruption in the first place. I guess it's good to hear that wasn't your experience. If the problem starts back up for you, please, please post here. Oh right, and just for clarification, how, exactly do I go about reinstallig Mountain Lion, cleanly? What if the copy on the recovery partition is faulty? Can I do this from another Mountain Lion machine? A link to some instructions would be greatly appreciated.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 2:15 PM (in response to Benjamin Spratling)
The recovery partition does not have mountain lion on it, only an app to download a fresh copy (that si why it is some 600MB instead of 3GB.) You can also download the installer from the app store and make a USB key from it by looking inside the item it downloaded, finding a MDG file called Installer ESD, and using disk utility to burn it to DVD or use the restore to a USB stick.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to Zak Adelman)
Ah! Thanks. That makes much more sense now. Well, maybe tomorrow night is just gonna be a bust while I wait for a few 100 GB to copy around.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 4:38 PM (in response to bilbo_baggins)
Actually I think you're right. I must take back my previous conclusion: the issue seems to have resolved itself for me now. And I haven't restarted the computer – only turned off and on the Documents & Data checkbox in iCloud in System Preferences as I described. You may well have been right, that it was a corrupted file which has been replaced by doing this, and the massive activity I was seeing (and inaccurately describing as going on and on) was just the initial redownloading of iCoud documents and data.
All seems well now, no fresh install, not even a restart. Phew! Let's hope it lasts.MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 1:18 AM (in response to Benjamin Spratling)
You could try spending less time in restaurants
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to stillripple)
Wow. Thanks for the advice, stillripple. I finally risked turning iCloud documents & data off and back on, but I double checked that I had backs ups of all my data on another Mac. All the data came back; at first it was a rush, MB/s of data coming in from the cloud. It died down to the same 300 kB/s hemorage I had seen before. But three days later, yep, the constant 300 kB/s drain is gone. I'm now seeing peaks of 59 kB/s every 30 seconds or so with a constant background of less than 1kB/s. I'm crossing my fingers the constant drain is gone for good.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2013 2:53 PM (in response to Benjamin Spratling)
Nope. The data drain is back, has been for a few weaks. Do I really have to turn iCloud off and back on each month to stop the perpetual drain?