I’m having an issue and I’m sure there must be a solution I just can’t think of, in any case, its entirely my fault and I just want to recover the files or be able to use obsidian properly again.
For context, I have a Macbook Air M1 (13.3.1) and I have all of my worldbuilding for a book in obsidian.
I noticed that my Mac didn’t have any way to save files locally, so I copied everything from my desktop and documents files in iCloud to a local folder and turned off storage optimization for documents and desktop, but it seems like my obsidian files didn’t copy over and I’m not sure how to access them.
I do still have obsidian open from when I last worked on it and I can see the graph view, but all of the notes are blank and I get this error message for every note:
"Failed to load “Note Name.md”. ENOENT: no such file or directory, open ‘Users/darrianthompson/Desktop/Eirda/Note Name.md’
Things I have tried
I’ve tried searching but I’m honestly not sure what to search for because this is so specific and I don’t currently have any plugins or anything. I’m not very tech savvy so I don’t want to do anything that will ruin it further.
Most of my work was not available in the file recovery, However, I noticed if I click on a note and hit Command, I can see the full note in a preview, so I’ve been able to copy all of my work into a word document over the last few hours.
I’m just wondering if there is a way to make it so I don’t have to copy it all back into obsidian, and if I do, will I be able to access it, because it doesn’t seem like It’s saving in a file that exists if that makes sense.
First, I would check the trash folder for Mac via Finder. Type ‘.md’ in the search field to see if your notes are in trash. If so, select, R click and select move out of trash.
If that doesn’t work, press ‘Shift+Cmnd+.’ and see if there is a .Trash folder hidden in the folder for your obsidian vault. If so you can move all those notes out of the hidden trash folder and back into your root folder.
I recommend taking some screen shots of your obsidian vault and finder window with the issues you’re describing. This will help anyone else narrow down possibilities.
Thank you! I have checked those posts but they all mention that pluggin’s are causing the issue and I don’t have any.
My backups were saved in iCloud which was wiped when I turned off the “optimize storage” button, so I can’t find anything related to obsidian on my computer, I’m not sure there is a way to change the save location or not but it’s not usable right now. The only thing I can think of it reinstaling it and starting over.
Just to let you know I had a very similar issue with OneDrive over the weekend. Link below. I also saw folder structure but no files/notes & I may have also seen flashes of previews. As we are on different clouds… Could this be a fault in the latest Obsidian version… 1.28 ?
Not sure how to log an issues & work prevents me getting more detailed but maybe we should both see if we can escalate is as a possible bug…