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iCloud Drive Performance Hit

So far I cannot gather enough information to declare this a wide-spread problem, but in one isolated case I found having iCloud Drive running was causing massive memory and resource usage on a Windows 7 computer.

Computer specs:

Lenovo G560
Pentium P6100 2.0GHz
Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
4 Gigs RAM

4 Gigs of RAM is pretty low for a 64 bit OS, but that did not explain the frequent Out of Memory messages and extremely poor performance of this computer.  While running an AVG virus scan I opened the Task manager and CPU usage was at 79%.  The computer was essentially unresponsive.  Only after killing the iCloud Drive process did the CPU usage drop to an expected 23%.

Uninstalling iCloud from this computer had the effect of turning it back into a useful computer.

Name of author

Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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