Yes, everything on the Monday Nov 6th backup was restored. All old links to message on the prior forum should redirect to the same content here on the new forum.
The server went down just a couple hours after that daily backup ran, so any messages written in those last couple hours were lost.
The old server suffered a pretty catastrophic hardware failure. The main drive became corrupted and running memtest86 on the server's remote console showed the memory had gone bad. Trying to reboot would cause a constant stream of Linux kernel messages about processes crashing.
Fortunately we had a daily backup script which does a full SQL dump of the database and copies it to a machine at PJRC, which then runs backup software that retains those daily backups on 5 (redundant) large drives. I'm pretty sure we have daily copies of the full database all the way back to January. But going into the backups wasn't needed, as the most recent SQL dump was intact and once it was restored to a database, XenForo's importer was able to import it all (took about 4 hours).
Well, here we are with our first Have you seen thread for XenForo 2.3. It's been a long time coming, and for various reasons that we will go into later, it has changed quite a bit from what we had originally intended it to be, but it's finally ready to start showing you what's new. tl;dr...