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Question: Use second Mac+iCloud Drive while main Mac is on repair

I need to leave my MacBook pro on Apple service center for a warranty/recall service for about 20 days.


Apple Service Center will reformat and erase everything. They say is their practice and it can't be otherwise. That's OK as I have TimeCapsule and all. I also have 2 TB iCloud account and my Desktop/Documents is fully synced.


THE PROBLEM IS: I can't afford to be without working with my Mac for 20 days!! I live on it!


So my plan is to use an older Mac I have. Slower but yet pretty much functional, running the same MacOS Sierra version, create an user with Same AppleID, check iCloud Drive sync and keep working as usual.


THE ISSUES IS: No matter what I do, despite iCloud Drive being enabled, it show zero files on my iCloud/Documents Folder. Shouldn't it have synched al by now?


What I am doing wrong?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, iOS 11.2.6

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Apr 21, 2018 8:20 AM in response to júliomac In response to júliomac

If you create a new file on this older Mac and save it to any of your synced folders, does it show on iCloud.com and/or other devices?


Have you toggled iCloud drive off/on?


Have you created a new local user account and tested that?

Apr 21, 2018 8:20 AM

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Apr 23, 2018 3:40 PM in response to júliomac In response to júliomac

It showed up now !!!


I don't know exactly what worked but here is what I did:

1) I found-out I had another account in the same computer, my daughter's, using the same Apple ID of mine but with iCloud Drive off. I simply logged off from this apple ID and put her account on her own Apple ID.

2) I followed the suggestions here to toggle on/off iCloud Drive and restarted the computer. This time Documents/Desktop showed up with the words "Waiting" (I guess that's what it would be in English, mine was in Portuguese as "Aguardando") but nothing inside them.

3) It took then over 2 days for files to finally appear. Now all seems to be syncing fine.

Apr 23, 2018 3:40 PM

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Apr 26, 2018 1:33 PM in response to júliomac In response to júliomac

Answered too soon......


Till today many subfolders and files are just not showing up...


iCloud does not seem very reliable.

Apr 26, 2018 1:33 PM

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Question: Use second Mac+iCloud Drive while main Mac is on repair