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Posted: 4/12/2006 6:51:10 PM EST
A Bulletin Board that I frequent has announced that it is closing up shop in a few weeks. I am wondering if there is a way to save the entire BB to my hard drive, and have it still be searchable.

It is a layout not too dislike the one here, but more simple maybe. I would be saving about 2 years of posts (approx 250,000).

I know that the website owner is going to copy the board and put it on a DVD, but he has access to "the database", and I don't.

Any help would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:52:12 PM EST
I don't think so, unless you feel like opening EVERY page, saving the HTML, and loading it up as a site on your drive.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:54:24 PM EST
there are programs out there, but I dont know how well they work.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:57:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By MagKnightX:
I don't think so, unless you feel like opening EVERY page, saving the HTML, and loading it up as a site on your drive.



Ugh. That is what I was afraid of. That would be far too much work.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:04:50 PM EST
There is a way. . . let me find the program.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:06:05 PM EST
yeah... you need what's called a "site ripper"... sorry I don't have experience with them though.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:13:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gamma762:
yeah... you need what's called a "site ripper"... sorry I don't have experience with them though.



Site rippers will save websites, but most if not all forums are databases w/a frontend. I don't think a ripper will do it (though I could be wrong).
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:15:25 PM EST
came across this http://softbytelabs.com/us/bw/index.html

http://www.httrack.com/

http://www.maxprog.com/WebDumper.html

I've used HTTrack before haven't used any of the others. I think httrack had setting for how deep to archive . . . for example archiving files referenced outside the main site/page.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:19:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Krackels:
came across this http://softbytelabs.com/us/bw/index.html

http://www.httrack.com/

http://www.maxprog.com/WebDumper.html

I've used HTTrack before haven't used any of the others. I think httrack had setting for how deep to archive . . . for example archiving files referenced outside the main site/page.



WOOHOO! I'll give them a try and report back.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:26:05 PM EST
Open IE

Navigate to top level of content you want to save

Select bookmarks

Check box "make available offline"

Click "customize"

Follow the wizard and select how many links deep you want to save
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:30:06 PM EST
I tried that. When I shut off my internet connection to test it, I couldn't get it to come up.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:35:22 PM EST
http://www.freshdevices.com/downfiles.html
You can go here> this program works. Or if you know some one running linux have him wget
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 7:37:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 7:39:19 PM EST by david_g17]
as said above, recursively call wget, or download an "offline web browser"

note: you should probably ask permission from the site owner first - it's possible to saturate a ton of bandwidth.

everything works by first downloading the index page (i.e. http://ar15.com/index.htm), then traversing the links on that page, and the links on the traversed page, etc.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 7:42:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/16/2006 7:43:17 PM EST by jnewson]

Originally Posted By Krackels:


http://www.httrack.com/






That worked great. Thank you for your help.
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