On a side note: after debugging those duplicated contacts I lost about 110 contacts on my Mac. Fortunately iCloud.com’s data kept being ok.
I had to log out from iCloud on my Mac again and then log in again to resolve that issue on the Mac (after turning syncing off and on and after deleting plist files and restarting my Mac so often, my PC became jealous of those reboots on my Mac, everything with no effect).
My contacts are in order again. What a bad experience this is…! Finder still is going crazy with “iCloud Storage full”. Well, I will wait some time how stuff develops.
No need to! You were 100% correct to suggest that route. I already had thought about that, but I hesitated to so. It was worth trying. And… the second logout/login attempt did fix the contacts issue the first attempt had caused in the first place.
I have this too, but it’s because of the multiple iCloud username issue. I have two usernames, with 2Tb on the username I use for the store etc, but only 5gb on the ‘other’ username. I occasionally get ‘full’ messages for this other account.
The Apple username thing is a disgrace to the company, but let’s face it, after 20+ years it will never be fixed
My Mac Mini definitely has iCloud issues. The Finder thinks that I am on a 5 GB plan. Since yesterday I am on a 200 GB plan (down from 2 TB). System settings are correctly showing me 143 GB of free space. Syncing had stopped intermittently. I have logged out of iCloud and back in again multiple times, restarted the Mac and what not.
I have launched a chat with Apple Support half an hour ago. “Johannes” was of no help, but he tried. The case has been escalated, Apple will call me in the evening.
I just installed the Hazel 5.2 update. Afterwards, Hazel kept showing me that it had been stopped, then the message went away only to come back again (while trying to work with an iCloud folder). It went away. It came back and so on. I removed Hazel from “full disk access” and put it back there. Hazel is fine again.
I have “lost” my iCloud avatar (it does not show up any longer on the Mac Mini).
This Intel Mac Mini 2018 feels like a lemon under Ventura.
I will wait what the call from Apple will bring to the table later this evening.
I am seriously considering wiping the Mac and trying a fresh install. Like in the Windows Vista days when this was something you did once a year.
So, the issue is resolved. I cancelled the Apple Support call a few days ago.
To keep it short:
I decided to wipe my Mac Mini and to start over with a clean install. While the installation was ongoing, the Finder on my Macbook Air prompted me with “iCloud storage full”. Ok… So, at last this issue was no issue with the Mac Mini. I do not regret the clean install, the Mac Mini feels more fresh again.
I bought 200 GB storage iCloud+ via the Finder just to see what happens - and the message went away. For some reason the Finders both of my Mac Mini and my Macbook Air were not able to “see” those 200 GB included in Apple One Family, the Finder only seemed to be able to “see” those 200 GB included in iCloud+. This seems to be limited to the Finder (on both my Macs). When I check iCloud via System Preferences, iCloud tells me that I have 400 GB, 200 included in Apple One and 200 in iCloud+ (the new purchase).
I took this as a sign: I will keep 200 GB iCloud+ and I will downgrade Apple One Family to Apple Music. As a result I will only keep paying for Apple’s cloud services I really use.
All of this reminded me - again: It is nice to be independent and to have my data on my NAS which is being backed up both to the cloud and to external USB drives. These Apple cloud issues do not help with building trust. I do not say that they are bad, but my data absolutely will stay within my home (as it has been since the beginning when I started using computers).
Great you sorted this … and hopefully your “cloud” backup location is not a pure synced service location, e.g. Apple Cloud or similar. This is because any flaws/unwanted deletes/setc on your NAS will get replicated to the so-called Cloud backup and making your backups an exact copy of of the flawed NAS.
For offsite backup, I use Backblaze. There are other services and methods for offsite backup, including one I used to do and that being me recycling the backup USB drive to my mother-in-laws home.