How to restore from just the files?

Hi, my MacBook SSD died and lost everything on it. Luckily most things were backed up in the Cloud, including the install directory of Local. So I have all the folders and files, but just copying them back does not get me back a ton of work (the sites do not show up in the list).

Does anyone have a suggestion for me please?

It feels like all my work is within reach, but I just can’t grab it. “So close, yet so far”.

Any help is most appreciated!

Hello Verdi!

I apologize for the delay here! But I am happy to help!

If you have the files for the sites, we’ll just need to create a .zip archive of the wp-content folder and the backup.sql file in the database directory.

Once you have compressed those into a .zip, you should be able to drag that archive and drop it onto local to recreate the sites.

Try that and let us know how you get along!

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Thank you so much for trying to help me. I really appreciate it.

The wp-content folder was easily found the file “backup.sql” not so much. I do have a ZIP-file of the entire thing. Would you be willing to look at that if I share it with you?

Hey @Verdi

You should be able to zip up the entire site folder and drag-and-drop it onto Local.

This doesn’t always work since the database is only written to disk when a site is stopped. If that’s the case, then you might need to find and use a different backup to restore the site.

If the site was never stopped, this may be why there isn’t a backup.sql file. Because of this, I often recommend getting in the habit of stopping sites that aren’t being worked on so that the database is exported fairly regularly.

It’s also a good idea to export the site as a backup every so often. I’ll do this after major milestones within a project.

– Ben

Thanks for your help Ben. Sadly there is no backup.sql to be found (I’d swear I stopped it several times though). Guess I’ll have to get over it and get going at it again.


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