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A couple of years ago I designed our website with dreamweaver cs3. I had our website set up on a stand alone computer and hosted by the phone company. I could go on this computer and change pages as needed then upload them to the website. The computer that I used for the website has crashed and I've lost all the work on this computer. I had a new hard drive put in the computer but the tech said that the old hard drive had been so corrupted by a virus that I would not be able to retreive anything from it. My question is if I purchase a copy of the latest dreamweaver can I go back and work on my webpage without having to rebuild the whole website. Could anyone please give me some information on how to proceed. My website is www.brothersunitedindy.org
"can I go back and work on my webpage without having to rebuild the whole website."
Unless I'm missing something... sure! You just download your web site to your hard drive (which will create a copy of every file of your web site to your hard drive), edit pages as needed and upload the edited pages to the web site (which overwrites the file there).
But maybe I'm missing something!
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That should be correct. The files on your PC and the files on your website should be exact copies. So if you download the files from your web site you will have a copy to work on again.
The only possible problem might be if you are using the "template" system that DreamWeaver has. If the template is not also on the web site, you may lose the ability to make a change to the template and have it update all the other pages. But even that would not require recreating the entire site and there should be ways to fix that problem.
And a side note: The tech that told you nothing could be recovered from your hard drive may have been correct, but in my experience it might be worth taking the drive to another tech to see if they feel the same way. Generally, there is some measure of data that will remain on the hard drive, but the question is how much and what would be needed to research and then recover what is there. It may not be worth the time and expense.
Use the DW FTP function, or download FileZilla to get all of the files on your current site onto the new computer. You can then open it as a project in DW and it should work, with the possibly template problem suggested.
I have to second the hard drive issue. If they can actually read the drive, it is most likely accessible data. It's very uncommon for a virus to destroy normal user files because they just don't mean anything. Viruses typically mess with the operating system files which prevents normal operation or actually booting the operating system. I would plug it into another computer as an external drive (with a really good antivirus or sandbox program on it) and I'd bet the files are recoverable. Again assuming the drive is not physically damaged.
As long as your site's pages are currently hosted on a web server (which is the case), you should have no problem using Dreamweaver to access your web pages.
Once you set up your site in Dreamweaver, the program will then download all of your site's files from your web host (since these pages are already located on a server at your hosting provider). DW will get these files from the server and it will transfer copies of each file to your hard drive. You'll then have complete control over your web pages in DW.
So as you can see you do not need to create a new site from scratch.
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Thank you for the replies, I will download the files from my website. I was really hoping I didn't have to redsesign my site. Thanks again
Yes, you can download the website to the new software, then update!
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