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Question: Moving files to iCloud Drive doesn't open space on my computer

I just bought 200GB of storage on iCloud. I moved 'Folder1' that contains 40GB of video from my computer to the iCloud Drive folder.

1) This Folder1 shows up on iCloud it says I'm using 40GB.

2) This Folder1 no longer shows up on my computer.

3) The storage on my computer has not changed. It should be reduced by 40GB, but it's not. So I'm still out of space on my computer. Thought that was the whole idea of using iCloud.?.

Have tried Empty Trash, but that doesn't do anything.

MacBook Air, iOS 10.3.1

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iCloud drive stores a local cache on your computer:

iCloud Drive FAQ - https://support.apple.com/HT201104 - iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows PC.


Set up iCloud Drive - https://support.apple.com/HT204025

Jan. 2016: Using iCloud Drive without caching files locally on computer - https://discussions.apple.com/message/29707288#29707288 - "You can turn off iCloud Drive on your Mac (system preferences > iCloud > iCloud drive > off) and access iCloud Drive via your browser at iCloud.com > iCloud Drive."

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Mar 16, 2018 11:02 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

OK, thanks for your help. I still haven’t been able to upload the 40GB to iCloud as it keeps timing out after 6 or 8 hours and only says it’s uploaded 5GB, but it doesn’t seem to save that 5 and I have to start over😀 But I don’t think that’s an Apple issue, so I’ll figure out a way around it.

I probably won’t look at those pics and vids again anyways, I should probably just delete them😀

Thanks for taking the time to help!

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Mar 13, 2018 1:17 PM in response to lschmidlin In response to lschmidlin

iCloud drive stores a local cache on your computer:

iCloud Drive FAQ - https://support.apple.com/HT201104 - iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows PC.


Set up iCloud Drive - https://support.apple.com/HT204025

Jan. 2016: Using iCloud Drive without caching files locally on computer - https://discussions.apple.com/message/29707288#29707288 - "You can turn off iCloud Drive on your Mac (system preferences > iCloud > iCloud drive > off) and access iCloud Drive via your browser at iCloud.com > iCloud Drive."

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Mar 16, 2018 11:02 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

OK, thanks for your help. I still haven’t been able to upload the 40GB to iCloud as it keeps timing out after 6 or 8 hours and only says it’s uploaded 5GB, but it doesn’t seem to save that 5 and I have to start over😀 But I don’t think that’s an Apple issue, so I’ll figure out a way around it.

I probably won’t look at those pics and vids again anyways, I should probably just delete them😀

Thanks for taking the time to help!

Mar 16, 2018 11:02 AM

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