The arrival of iCloud last year improved numerous Apple services that got inherited from its predecessor, MobileMe. But not iDisk. In fact, iDisk was completely phased out, leaving numerous customers without their handy sync folder.
All that is history now, as Sebastian Hallum Clarke has this nifty little app for you to bring iDisk functionality back to your Mac. It’s called iClouDrive, and Apple might just give him a call about the dubbing, but for now let’s enjoy.
“iCloud’s predecessor, MobileMe, had a feature called iDisk which allowed you to easily sync files between your Macs,” Sebastian explains.
“For some strange reason, Apple killed this great feature when iCloud was released. iClouDrive brings this great feature back to your Macs, by creating a folder on your computer which is seamlessly synced using your iCloud account,” says Sebastian.
A free app licensed under the Zibity Software Licence, iClouDrive is compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It also requires an iCloud account. The free 5GB plan will do just fine, says Sebastian.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, a magic folder will be created in your Home directory. Think of it as a Dropbox that uses your iCloud account.
“Anything you put into this folder will be magically synced to all of your other Macs on which you have enabled iClouDrive,” says Sebastian. “These files will remain available to you even when your computer is offline!”
Errors sometimes occur when the iClouDrive folder is not placed on the boot drive, so you’d better not choose another location until Sebastian works out the kinks with this bug.
If you’re not happy with the way iClouDrive works, you can uninstall it by deleting the contents of the iClouDrive folder, then dragging the iClouDrive folder to the trash.