I turned off iCloud drive and gave me a popup stating that all documents stored in iCloud would be removed from Mac and presented three options: Keep a copy, cancel and remove from Mac.

I selected "Keep a copy option" and can't find files in both my mac and icloud.

Where would mac be keeping a copy of my data?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Check your home folder for a folder called iCloud Drive (Archive).

Apple support document says the following:

If you turn off iCloud Drive or sign out of iCloud, you have the option to keep a local copy of your files that are in iCloud Drive. Whether you decide to keep a local copy or not, a new Desktop and Documents folder is created in your home folder. If you choose to keep a local copy, your files in iCloud Drive are copied to a folder called iCloud Drive (Archive) in your home folder. Then you have the option to move any files that were in your iCloud Desktop and Documents, back to your new local Desktop and Documents.

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    When you say home folder, do you mean inside /Users/username? May 2, 2018 at 19:27
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    If you selected "Keep a copy", the files will be in a folder called iCloud Drive (Archive) in /Users/Username or ~/. If you selected remove from Mac, you may have to go to iCloud.com or re-enable iCloud Drive to pull the files back down.
    – drivec
    May 2, 2018 at 19:32

Open Finder: Menu Bar → Go → Home

Should be a folder in there called "iCloud Drive (Archive)".

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