The short version is that our server was hit with a "side splash" of lightning. I have been able to recover data from a backup of a previous (but not too ancient) version of Moodle (i.e. the collection of folders in were in that structure during a backup prior to the strike). Note that I was doing a physical copy of folders & files -- not any VM images or other techniques.
We have a new server now, and have downloaded/installed the newest version of Moodle. (It is a Windows 2012(r2) server, running IIS 8, MySQL and PhP at this point. Previously it was Windows Server 2008 (r2) with IIS 8, MySQL & PhP.)
So without patronizing anyone, it should be obvious my two choices -- rebuild the entire site from scratch, or drop whichever of those older folders can be dropped atop this new install to save me about 1000 hours rebuilding everything. Of course the grades/transcripts, the courses, the categories -- from start to end. I need it all. Which of the old folders can I simply C/P over the new ones, and have at least SOME (if not all) of the original site back on line ASAP? I'm not seeing "struck by lightning" as a common theme within the new look of this forum or its topics. LOL (and the joke is absolutely on me... thankfully it is not all that common, and this experience was quite expensive already.) Any insight greatly appreciated!!!
(Also, under the "administration" heading, I need to reset some things I have forgotten how to access -- which menus have probably changed between versions anyway. I need to increase the allowable file size for uploading into the courses. That should be simple, but I can't find it. Might be a mod to an .INI file or something ...) THANKS!