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This is a way for people to get lost images from the MLS 1st Class hosting space which they may not have their own back-up.
It will not restore the images on the MLS server or in the threads themselves.
Sorry Vic but you are the guinea pig again!

There are 25,529 archived files on the 'Wayback Machine' (An archive of the Internet) from the MLS 1st Class User Space.

This technique will give you three separate lists of file links for each MLS user on the 'Wayback Machine'.
The wildcard * lists all files copied from each MLS username directory (folder).

I remember now that Shad changed where the files are stored on MLS a few times so there are three URL addresses on the Wayback Machine for each MLS user. For the case of 'vsmith' files, there is one with a directory '1stclass' (15 files), another with the sub domain 'gold' (157 files) and another with a sub domain '1stclass' (209 files).
Refer to all three links below. (I have included a text non link because MLS displays an abbreviation of the actual link)

So just substitute 'vsmith' with your own MLS username in the web address (URL).

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mylargescale.com/1stclass/vsmith/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mylargescale.com/1stclass/vsmith/*

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://gold.mylargescale.com/vsmith/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://gold.mylargescale.com/vsmith/*

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/*

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Thanks Garrett, I don't think that's everything but I will download them against my record thumb drive images. I need to set up a hosting site more than anything else.

My old posts here are dead, I checked and I cannot edit the oldest threads anymore even if I wanted to repost pics into them I can't.

update, the most recent pics are in the first link from 2015, sadly its only a few pics. The second is much much older 2006 I beleive. Saw images there I havent seen in a decade! I downloaded all I could open.
 

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Scot, I posted this earlier on the other thread but it got lost in the dust. The other thread is huge now!
Shad's change in addresses was a real curve ball with this issue. It made me curious enough to investigate things.
I tested all the 15 images in one of Vic's list some time ago and they all worked but I got a few dead ones this time. That's a WBM or network issue.

OK Vic, thanks for clearing that up. We never used to be able to edit things after a certain time in Shad's days so that may have something to do with that. Editing capabilities is longer now on the VS site but perhaps not forever. Dunno. It's a real loss that some threads have gone forever, especially during the 'boom of the hobby'.

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If you can copy the same directory structure back to the original locations and put the same named files in them, then the original postings/threads will magically be repaired. You will have to use FTP or mount your now empty personal folder to Windows as a remote drive to do the folder creation and file copying.
 

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Yes, The current implementation of the 1st class web space is 'http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/username' so as long as the image in the old thread uses that address and the same path / file name things should work fine.

Here is one of Vic's postings (#22) with 3 dud pictures, if he would like to test this:
http://forums.mylargescale.com/13-indoor-railways/13874-my-latest-distraction-personal-pan-size-pizza-3.html

Vic's current web space:
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/

The image path/names in the old thread:
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/Pizza_Bldg_Dry_Goods01.JPG
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/Pizza_Bldg_Dry_Goods02.JPG
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/vsmith/Pizza_Bldg_Dry_Goods03.JPG

If Vic puts the specific images with the same file names back into his current web space they should then display in the thread as before.
Other users may have to also consider their own defined user directories within their 1st class web space originally and now.

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Vic, I just discovered another sub domain Shad used 'gold' so there are another 157 files you can find of yours.
I edited the top comment for all three link examples.

That is another 9,935 files found archived from the MLS server besides the first two locations I found. Some of these files may be the same ones that were stored in the several different locations.
There are a total of 25,529 files I can find stored in the Wayback Machine archive from the MLS 1st Class Space.

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