PSA: macOS Sonoma 14.4 iCloud Drive bug deletes saved files

Apple’s latest macOS Sonoma 14.4 update has brought with it a series of issues, with one particularly concerning bug affecting the functionality of iCloud Drive and the preservation of saved file versions.

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Prevent data loss! Mitigate the iCloud Drive bug in macOS Sonoma 14.4

The bug in question revolves around the handling of saved versions of files in iCloud Drive, specifically for users with the “Optimize Mac Storage” feature enabled. Normally, when a file is removed from local storage in iCloud Drive, its saved versions are preserved, allowing users to access previous iterations of their documents.

However, with macOS Sonoma 14.4, users have reported that removing a file from iCloud Drive using the “Remove Download” option results in the deletion of all saved versions associated with that file. This behavior deviates from previous macOS versions and has raised concerns among users who rely on iCloud Drive for file storage and versioning. updates with new iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma features

The implications of this bug are significant, especially for users who heavily depend on iCloud Drive for document management and collaboration. Losing access to saved versions can lead to data loss, hindered productivity, and potential setbacks in workflow continuity.

How can you protect your Mac?

If you currently use macOS Sonoma 14.4 and have Optimize Mac Storage enabled, it’s crucial to take proactive measures to mitigate the risk of losing saved file versions. Here are steps you can follow:

  1. Disable Optimize Mac Storage: Navigate to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud, and toggle off the “Optimize Mac Storage” option. This ensures that files are not automatically removed from local storage, reducing the chances of encountering the bug.
  2. Avoid removing downloads: Until Apple implements a permanent fix, refrain from using the “Remove Download” option for files stored in iCloud Drive if you want to retain their saved versions.
  3. Keep an eye on official Apple support channels and tech news updates for any announcements regarding bug fixes or workarounds related to this issue.

It’s worth noting that the iCloud Drive bug is not the only issue plaguing macOS Sonoma 14.4. Users have reported other bugs, including problems with USB device connectivity, printer functionality, and Java compatibility. Apple is likely working on addressing these issues comprehensively in future updates.

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