As long as you archived the original database as suggested everything should be fine. By the way, which version of DEVONthink and of macOS do you use?
However, one of the next releases might include a better option than iCloud or Dropbox.
Very interesting! In the meantime, sounds like Dropbox is worth a try.
So now things are getting weird… The databases is appearing in DEVONthink, with correct folder structure, but a lot of the folders are greyed out and many of them have little icons to the right that look like the Finder icon. Most folders are missing the documents in them and some are half filled. Top level organizing folders like Safari, Email, and Evernote from previous imports are missing.
The downloading from iCloud progress bar in the lower left corner of the app will disappear, making me think its done, but then clicking through some of the folders to look for documents, will trigger it to start again. Is it running this whole time? Is there a way to monitor it more consistently and watch documents as they download?
One final question… I had an archive of my macOS Documents and Desktop folder in this database previously. The top level folders Desktop and Documents are now missing and all of those folders are appearing as mixed in with the folders that were actually living in the database at the root level. What data from that archive would have been kept in a cloud copy of the database. I had assumed those archives were local to the device. If possible, may it would be easier for me to disable them and restart them from scratch once the documents unique to DEVONthink are downloaded?