Help! MySQL data dissappeared
I don't know if this is the correct forum to ask this question but...
I run a message board (vBulletin-powered) and I have just noticed that all the data on the MySQL database have dissappeared :( And me being so stupid, I didn't do any backup (although I was planning to start doing this soon, but I guess we all say this until something bad happens).
The strange thing is that I did a 'locate' on telnet and it says that the MySQL tables are still here. But when I try to access or list them, it says there is no file. So why does 'locate' tell me the tables are here? Does locate work by indexing the files structure somewhere? (which would mean the tables WERE there) or coud this mean there has been an hard drive corruption which messed up the file structure?
Please help, if the tables are definitely lost I'll start again with a fresh install but I just want to make sure there is no hope before doing this :(