Here's our situation.... Back in October of 2005 we had a major hard drive crash that resulted in us losing a lot of HTF history. This history included chat transcripts, meet photos, Rons reviews and feature articles. There was so much HTF history lost between 1997-2004 in one single act. One of our Moderators was able to use a software program to rescue all the files that was on that hard disc. That's the good news. The bad news is that whenever a hard drive goes defunct (and possibly through the rescue process), every single file gets renamed to something obscure. In other words, we have the files -- but it's one big soupy mess where everything has been renamed so we can't easily match the photo files to the corresponding coded HTML webpage. Now... I think I may have stumbled onto something rather incredible as far as restoring all the data we lost from that hard drive crash. Many of you may be aware of the Internet's WAYBACK MACHINE that archives website material. Looking around I was able to find these links: HTF CIRCA October 2004 HTF LIVE CHAT TRANSCRIPTS HTF MEETS PAGE (minus new meet photos) Rons Reviews In fact, you can reference as much as you want of HTF over the past 6-7 years by CLICKING HERE You'll notice some of the links work. Some do not. At least 75% of what we lost has been archived on that website. The challenge for us is to figure out the easiest way to import all that stuff onto our server. If there were a simple cut & paste method of transferring the text and photos to identical webpages on our server, we would jump at the opportunity to do it today. At least we know the material is out there and once we figure out how best to do it, we will begin importing all that stuff back. It's a shame that the MEET PHOTOS after 2003 have been lost. On the other hand, the files are on our rescued hard drive and perhaps we can do some reconstruction from that. One of our members, Linda Thompson offered this possible solution that looks very promising.... If you have a collection of the relevant links you've found at archive.org, and if they seem to be stored in a common location there (or if there's at least some recognizable pattern to the locations of the stored archives), perhaps some fishing with a program like HTTrack Website Copier or one of the Teleport products might help to gather them up for you and allow you to "import" or mirror them on the new server. Worth a shot? Maybe?? If you're not familiar with the programs: http://www.httrack.com (free) http://www.tenmax.com/ (requires license purchase) I honestly don't think you've got anything to lose by at least trying the HTTrack, since it's free, if the file locations at archive.org have enough of a structure or recognizable pattern to make it feasible (i.e. "target-able")... Who knows what it might be able to retrieve (and HELP organize)? And, if the process itself shows promise, perhaps the more sophisticated Teleport products might be able to handle anything that HTTrack misses. If anybody has any ideas on how we can best accomplish our task, please feel free to contribute them. Thank You!