How I lost all my Ghost blog content and how I recovered it with Google cache
Important: This should works to recover your posts content data.
Recently I reviewed the new features on new Ghost version and I decided to jump out to the new features like the native commenting and the new search feature.
On my environment I'm using a docker deployment and I'm using docker compose for the orchestration. I thought that the upgrade was a change like "change MySQL from 5.7 to 8.0", but it was not.
In that moment I had a configuration that I describe below
services: db: image: mysql:5.7 ghost: image: ghost:5.2.3-alpine
And I was going to upgrade to
services: db: image: mysql:8.0 ghost: image: ghost:5.12.0-alpine
I tested an upgrade on my local environment I everything runs very well, but I didn't realized that I didn't make a test with a DB with data saved, everything was running well and all the services raised up without any issue, after that I prepared my production deployment and I did it. The process didn't work, my Database crashed without a recover option and I couldn't do a downgrade.
After I read a lot of this problem I tried to revert all the process but my MySQL 5.7 database can't start again, I observed that there were a fatal compilation errors and the service entered in a restart bucle.
I panicked and without any ideas I decided to reinstall all from scratch and I forgot to make a backup for my old DB, and it was all, all my data was gone.
I tried to recover the data using this https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/innodb-table-import.html
But on my case it did not work, why?, because I replaced my docker volume with another one, It can be useful for anyone that already have the ".ibd" files and the MySQL server can't start.
After some hours I beginning to think about the google cache, I remembered that I saw some websites with that feature but I didn't remember how can I access it or how I could search it.
After a few turns on the google search engine I found the solution, I searched for my site on the search box, then:
- Click the three dots link
- Click the cached button
And you can access all the cached data that google save about your site, I just copied the data to the new blog posts and I recovered all the data that I lost from my DB. Fortunately I didn't have another important data on my DB.
I committed 3 big mistakes:
- Don't configuring a scheduled database backup.
- Don't making a database backup before the upgrade.
- Don't preserving the docker volume before the downgrade.