Restoring old forum from Folder?

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Restoring old forum from Folder?

Post by antdogs » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:21 pm

Hello all been using phpbb for years and i had an old forum i used and wanted to gain some information i have. i had my forum on go daddy site then i migrated to a different account. i didn't do a database backup i just saved the folder manually to my hard drive. is there a way i can still read information from my forum some how? create a new database and tie it to whats saved on my forum?

this is what i get when i try to load it


SQL ERROR [ mysqli ]

Can't connect to MySQL server on 'p50mysql237.secureserver.net' (110) [2003]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.

and my site.

www.antdogs.com/forum

thanks for any help!

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Re: Restoring old forum from Folder?

Post by KevC » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:25 pm

antdogs wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:21 pm
i didn't do a database backup i just saved the folder manually to my hard drive.
The database has all of the posts and users in it. If you don't have the database you don't have anything. An outside chance would be if there's a copy in the /store folder (if you have one).

The error message means the config.php file is looking for a server which doesn't exist.
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Re: Restoring old forum from Folder?

Post by antdogs » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:25 pm

Ahhh thank you very much for the reply much appreciated oh well.. thanks!

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Re: Restoring old forum from Folder?

Post by EA117 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:34 pm

Agreed with what KevC already posted, and just to further clarify: The database in question simply is not part of the file system that you can typically see through your HTTP or FTP access to your site, and therefore isn't part of most normal types of backups folks do of "their site files".

If you ever used the "Maintenance" tab in ACP and invoked "backup", selected "all items" and "store file locally", then the /store/ folder of the phpBB site might have one or more of these database backups that you could restore. But that's still not "the live database", and will only be as current / up to date as the date of whenever that backup had actually been invoked. But even if that backup is months or years old, it might be your only database backup.

If what you actually have is some kind of hosting-specific backup image of your site (e.g. on GoDaddy.com currently, there is an "Installatron" site installation and backup system), then its possible there could be a restoreable database backup contained within that backup package. Since you described just copying the file system manually to your hard drive, this is unlikely to be an option in your case.

For taking the backup copy of your site to a new host, and getting the database and config.php correctly setup for the new host so that you can restore any database backup you might be able to come up with, the knowledgebase article "Knowledge Base - Transferring Your Board to a New Host or Domain" discusses the kinds of steps that need to be performed or considered when doing this.
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Re: Restoring old forum from Folder?

Post by antdogs » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:38 pm

Yeah that’s done I had a deluxe godaddy account and I downgraded and ad to migrate all my files locally and trip load but I never did a backup database thinking I can just move my folder back into ftp.. and rebuild the database that way some how. They set me up with a brand new account and for login information this was 4 months ago as well. It was worth a shot to hit you guys up to see if I could of done anything somehow.

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