I'm on a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra 10.13.5. Yesterday, due to the huge amount of 'Purgeable' storage present on disk, the system started to 'purge' it, freeing about 200GB of space. In doing so it also apparently removed many local copies of the iCloud Drive files (I have Documents and Desktop sync'd), as the little cloud appeared next to many of them.
At the same time the Finder started to try and upload 22GB of files (crazy because they were all up there in iCloud Drive). I sought help from Apple and they make me deactivate iCloud Drive (which created a folder with all my files -except for the iWork and similar files, in the Home folder).
Upon reactivation iCloud Drive is not making any progress with the download... files are not reappearing.. folders neither.. The 'expert' said that if I paste the iCloud Drive (Archive) folder inside it will only create duplicates.
What can I do? How can I solve this? My last resort is to back restoring the system from Time Machine but I would like to know why iCloud Drive is not downloading the files.
Thank you very much