Starting over - Restoring from a backup
I don't really have a question or anything but I just felt like reporting this here as someone new might find it useful.
Last week all my websites disappeared. My web host said the drive that my information was stored on went bad and they couldn't restore any of the data. The backup of my system that I thought I had was just being backed up on the same server so when it went down, so did all my websites. It's really quite a terrible situation and it will take me a long time to rebuild 5+ years of data. I have a few files here and there and the RSS feed of my 3000+ blog posts but mostly, everything is wiped out.
I do have an old backup (June 2013) of one of my vanilla databases that I just happened to download. So, now I will attempt to restore my site using that database. I have another old database from a different forum (March 2011) but I don't have much hope that it will be too useful.
Sigh. Let the rebuilding begin.
Any advice as I go along would be welcome