noooooooo. ok, thanks a lot for the reply and the explanation. i will switch it to local then. i have it on epic games and not on steam. is the same thing?
The concept behind a cloud system (for your saved games) is to allow you to play on any connected device where the same game is installed, and access the latest versions of your saved games.
By instance. at home, you play on your desktop, then you go to see friends or relatives, or move elsewhere with, say, your laptop : the cloud system allows you to access your latest saved game, and continue your game where you left it on your other device - if you have access to internet of course -.
It means that, for all cloud systems intended to be used with different devices and different locations, it will rely on synchronizations. When connected to your cloud, and if you delete a saved game on your PC, then go to another computer, the new computer will access in the cloud the files, without the deleted ones : files available are all the same wherever you go.
It is then VERY risky to use this option if you tend to forget if you saved something locally, or silently on the cloud. And many players don't even know how their saves are processed.
Epic is no exception : as soon as you have the possibility to keep your files on several devices, locally and cloud, there is always a higher risk to be confused and loose something because, as you did, you choose the wrong path... And don't worry, many did.
I have zero problems navigating in my computers : I prefer 100% to disable the clouds (in Steam, you can do it in the settings for all games), and, when I know that I will continue to play on my laptop and not desktop, do a manual synchronization. The simplest way is to copy (not cut/move) your files on a usb, then copy then back on your next device where you intend to continue your game.
You know what you do, you know when and where, and it is much much safer...