In May 2020, my late 2013 iMac 3 TB Fusion Drive failed.
With a limited budget, plus Take Control Books, I restarted my iMac with a fresh Catalina installation on a new external 512 GB SSD, plus a 1 TB SSD to establish new bootable, and backup scheme (using Carbon Copy Cloner, Chronosync). It’s the same period I realize that I could no longer rely on my 3 TB Apple Time Capsule to restore my iMac.
My current budget buys a Mac Mini 16 GB memory/512 GB SSD or 8 GB Memory/1 TB SSD. Wanting to take control, could I restart synching my 1.7 TB iCloud back up with a much smaller size SSD? Can I synch this iCloud with an external 4 TB HD, bought during my iMac failure crisis? Can I consider synching again on Big Sur? I just read the TidBITS Talk that I can’t reuse my iMac as a M1 monitor… I’ll arrange to remove the internal drives, and resell the 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (4x8GB) memory sticks, etc.
In many ways, I find this situation very challenging.