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I ran into a super-annoying iCloud drive sync issue this weekend when setting up a new MacBook Pro. Not 100% sure how I got into the scenario but basically, the system ended up throwing a bunch of files on my desktop that I wanted to get rid of, and then when I deleted them, they'd just come right back a few minutes later!

The solution was to turn off iCloud drive sync, wait a few moments, then turn it back on. The files came back, but this time, the ones I wanted to get rid of stayed deleted when I removed them.

I suspect that the sync got, uh, out of sync due to iCloud not quite being done with the initial setup sync when I removed the files. So when it saw they were gone, it didn't realize it was intentional and kept trying to bring them back. In any case, super glad that this variation of "turn it off and back on again" really did clear up the problem :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
That's funny.  I just literally got through sorting this out as well.  I looked at my iCloud storage usage today and was like "How is nearly 35GB being used?  There is no way I've taken that many photos!"

Turns out this iCloud storage sync thing grabbed everything on my desktop and put it in iCloud storage.  UGH.
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by:Brian Matis
Ha! Yeah... It can be weird when you don't expect it to happen. Personally, I love that it syncs my desktop like that. Pretty sure you can tell it which folders you want to sync or not, so you could make it stop syncing the desktop folder if you wanted.
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by:Kyle Santos
I spent 5 minutes trying to figure that out but couldn't figure out how to do that.  The messaging is rather ambiguous when I check or uncheck boxes in iCloud settings.  IMO, its not an ideal user interface.  I believe I've just turned it off for now.  Besides, anything I do have on my mac I have been using Time Machine and transferring important files to my WD 2TB passport drive.

Dammit.  Although that would be useful to not have to do both of those things...either pay for more iCloud storage, or do those two things.  Decisions, decisions. :)
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by:Brian Matis
I'll have to take a look when I'm at home and see if I can find where that setting was (or if I just imagined it...)
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