I don't know the answer. Evernote has never officially supported the symlink method, and only supports downloading everything onto your local drive, which might not be possible, depending on the storage you have available. I suspect that this has something to do with the fact that Evernote moved the location of its database. If you use the new location, perhaps that will solve the problem. I have a Macbook Air with 128GB and 35GB in notes in Evernote. So I really need to allocate it on an external HD. I sought a new location and put the symlink but Evernote did not recognize anymore. The company might as well give the option to choose the location to save all files in the database, don't you think? The dropbox does this, just to give an example. It would be a fantastic addition.