Can I use iCloud like an external hard drive?
January 29, 2013 10:36 AM Subscribe
I'm in the final stages of my PhD and writing up my dissertation. The prospect of losing my analysis and written work is petrifying. Can iCloud be used to save documents like an external hard drive?
posted by DorothySmith to computers & internet (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in the final stages of my PhD and writing up my dissertation. The prospect of losing my analysis and written work is petrifying.
I currently use a MacBook that's 4.5 years old and it has a bad tendency to corrupt drives and memory sticks when I plug them into my ports. I went to some Apple experts who told me that it pretty much means my computer's on its way out. I had an external hard drive to store this stuff on and it got corrupted and so I've been buying flash drives, backing up my work once, and putting them in a drawer before my computer has a chance to corrupt them. It's tedious and expensive to keep buying flash drives to only ever use once.
I'd like to know if documents can be saved with iCloud and if my computer were to completely die, would the documents still be in iCloud? I realize these are stupid questions, but the main advertisement page of iCloud doesn't seem to be answering these questions (I'm not computer-savvy and I could be potentially misunderstanding).
I'm likely going to be purchasing a new computer in the upcoming weeks and was also wondering if that meant that my documents and files would magically be imported on the new laptop.
Thanks for your help!