Indeed. I can confirm that the extracted images are 100% match and valid. found 25 images that shows on the forum. copied them to HD and compared that dir with filebackup. all 25 had succesfully been extracted.
In files/ there is about 30 pics with a .jpg extension, rest is standard encoded.
Whats strange is that about half actually show fine after the transfer of the site. During which no files were changed and the db wasnt touched in anyway. not even the config table.
These guys are serious about their attachments, DIY forums etc going years back. I have redownloaded the /files/ files 4 times now in binary, reupped them locally and remotely. gone of the proccess many times on local. all the time its the same results.
Only part of this move that im not 100% about is the db extraction. It was done via phpmyadmin and the guide here
https://www.phpbb.com/kb/article/transf ... or-domain/
was followed. Since the org host had a older version of phpmyadmin i had to do this as the guide said
In the right-hand frame, select the Export tab. In the Export section of this page, be sure to choose Select All as well as the SQL radio button. In the Options section of this page, ensure the Add DROP TABLE checkbox is checked.
Below this setting in the Data section, ensure Complete inserts is checked, and Extended inserts is unchecked.
I had to stray a bit on that. If i didnt include "Extended inserts" the database would only be restored with 50 tables (tried it 3 times) when included "Extended inserts" then it worked fie. All other steps of the guide was followed besides this one. And every aspect of the board functions fine. (besides permission tracing that gives a module not know, but that shouldnt matter)