I started using Obsidian Sync two weeks ago and I have experienced periodic file deletion. The trust on this paid feature is burning down day by day. I’d appreciate help to figure what is going on there. Otherwise, I have to switch back to Icloud.
Two patterns I have identified so far:
Several excalidraw files have been deleted and they are not shown in the sync log or deletion log. So these files are not recoverable. Some of the notes are quite important to me.
All the pdf books and papers got deleted periodically. Below is a screenshot. None of the deletion operations was done by me. The recoveries were done by me.
It seems “simple” MD files without too many attachments were fine (or I haven’t discovered the loss yet). I do observe a correlation between the size of the file and the mysterious deletion. But those files I mentioned are larger but not unreasonable large for any modern sync system. They are usually a few mb, not kb like some simple markdowns.
The pdfs were deleted by the file cleaner plug-in! The plug-in cleans up unused attachments (pdf, png, etc.) not just the empty markdown files. So big warnings if you are using this plug-in.
I am still trying to figure out where my missing excalidraw files went cause they are backed by markdown and they are not empty. It could be caused by some glitch when I switched from icloud to obsidian sync. But I cannot really convince myself how.