DPIM is loaded on my laptop, so no USB issues to worry about.
That said... I should have made a backup. That's on me; I won't make that mistake again.
As suspected, creating a new database requires downloading mail from GMail... Again... All 13,000+ emails.
Last time it took almost 20 hours over two days of continuous monitoring and engagement with DPIM to download all those emails because DPIM limits autocheck to every 5 minutes. DPIM doesn't even provide an option to download the most recent emails first; DPIM starts with the oldest first, in approximately 300 email chunks, then will slow down to ONE. EMAIL. AT. A. TIME.
I'm not so sure the effort is worth it at this point, especially given the emails imported indicate they were received today and don't default to the date/time they were actually received in GMail. That makes no sense to me. In addition, the download process doesn't even respect GMail assigned folders or tags, turning the messages panel into one big message dumping ground requiring review of EVERY. SINGLE. MESSAGE. to sort into the proper subfolder.
Outlook pst import capability would be awesome about now, especially if DPIM respected Outlook's folders...
Is there even a way to attempt to import data, any data, from one DPIM database to another? Or do I have to reenter everything manually? Again? I'm not so sure this part is worth the effort either.
And just for fun, the newly created database indicates I've been signed in a while...
I thought DPIM would help me streamline and work more efficiently. I thought DPIM would work for me. Backups notwithstanding, I thought wrong.
I'm not sure what's on your DPIM to-do list, but addressing email issues would be a much-welcomed priority.