@WhiteNoise - Yikes, I’m realizing that you also asked about the directory that I used to keep my vault. It looks like I’ve placed the vault within a folder in my Documents folder which is appearing as part of my iCloud drive. I don’t recall this being the case when I first installed Obsidian but have upgraded to MacOS Big Sur since then so maybe that is part of the problem (i.e. that my files are now in the cloud and/or not where they were before)?
@WhiteNoise - I typed vaultdirectory/.obsidian into the search bar in the upper right hand corner of my computer and in the Finder but it didn’t return any results. I’m not sure if there’s another place where I can use that search term?
In terms of the where the folder is, does this image help?
I just seem to have finally connected iCloud properly after I noticed that the system was moving so slowly to copy my iCloud files over. After doing that and moving the .obsidian folder back to its original location, a fuller screen now appears when I open Obsidian but the database still won’t load.