It appears that by switching iCloud accounts on my MacBook, ALL the notes stored in Notes.app have disappeared/been deleted. These notes were not synced with iCloud -- and Time Machine was disabled.

I understand that there's a possibility that these notes still exist somewhere on my Mac HD.

Where would I look for these notes? How can I restore them?

  • what does it say in Note Preferences, default account ? On my mac or icloud
    – Ruskes
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:12
  • @Buscar, "On My Mac."
    – Q. I.
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:17
  • then you should be fine, Notes are kept for 30 days after Delete. Look in the Recently Deleted folder (in Notes)
    – Ruskes
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:25
  • There doesn't appear to be a "recently deleted" section in notes.app.
    – Q. I.
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:29
  • Use Folder view
    – Ruskes
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:32

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they should be in the


suggested settings to keep a copy on your hard drive

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  • Adding the .html ending to the NotesV7.storedata files, I get "RçR¯Ò€ÒÈÒœÒÂÒ¦ÒQ¥ãK'ö?Uþ_x tù¯têÿ." Shouldn't I be able to read this? Does this mean that the notes have been overwritten?
    – Q. I.
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:20
  • what is the size of the file
    – Ruskes
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:23
  • There are 4: NotesV6.storedata 0; NotesV7.storedata 156 KB; NotesV7.storedata-shm 33 KB; NotesV7.storedata-wal 214 KB.
    – Q. I.
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:27
  • It looks like you deleted it, mine is 2.5 MB, and I can open it in Text Edit
    – Ruskes
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:34
  • I didn't -- they disappeared after I switched iCloud accounts. I watched it happen. Does this mean that I'm out of luck? I even opted to keep a copy of all documents, contacts, photos, etc. when prompted via System Preferences -> iCloud.
    – Q. I.
    Sep 6, 2018 at 4:37

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