Lost MAC Notes due to ICloud Sync Issue


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Posted in wrong thread so posting again.

I am running high Sierra and ran into an issue where I lost all my Mac notes. Using iCloud I am successful sync notes, photos and contacts between an iPad and an iPhone but found out that notes and photos were not syncing from my Mac. My Mac had the most current notes and I disabled and enabled the notes iCloud option (checkbox for notes sync), after I did that all my notes disappeared on the Mac but the notes on the iPhone and iPad remained but are about 2 months out of date. It is obvious the Mac has an iCloud sync issue but where did the local copy of my notes go? There was no message or warning and there are no deleted notes to recover. It is almost as it the sync process reset the entire notes SQLLite files from what I can tell. Is there any way to recover the local notes I had before? I logged into iCloud and the notes sync is old and matches the phone and iPad.
 
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Hello and welcome.

-Which version of OS X/macOS on the Mac?
-Which version(s) of iOS on the iPhone and iPad?

If the Mac wasn't syncing properly and Notes were added, they may have only been stored on the Mac. When you disabled them, it should have prompted you to save a copy on your Mac, but it may not have if they were accidentally only saved locally on the Mac and not in the iCloud sync.

Do you happen to have a Time Machine or other backup of your data, as that may be the only way to retrieve the lost notes.

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I am running High Sierra on the MAC - 10.13.6. I don't have the versions of iphone/IPAD but on me but I know they are not up to date and is in the 13.x train. When I disabled I did not get any prompt to save a copy - when I went in they were just gone. Unfortunately I did not have time machine setup. I did find the SQLLite database files under ~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes/ but they were updated with the current date and the new notes store. I am not sure if MAC saves archived versions of notes anywhere else I can search. I am really surprise that the MAC would just remove all entries just because iCloud was not syncing correctly - and without warning. I did the same process for photos and did not lose them. This was all before I know iCloud was all jacked up. Thanks in Advance!
 
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I just had the exact same issue in this precise order - did anybody find anything?
 
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