AOL Hometown Users: Your files are *not* deleted yet – grab’m while you can!

Last updated 12-7-08 with more information on active AOL FTP servers via Joe Manna at DygiScape.

Today Joe at taimantis.com is pointing us to a page he put up for AOL Hometown users who forgot to download their files by Oct. 31st, the day AOL shut down both AOL Hometown and AOL Journals. He also forgot to download his Hometown files by Oct. 31st. When he finally remembered he went to grab them and they were still there – AOL did not delete them. He thinks everyone else who missed the Oct. 31st deadline can still grab their files, too and he even gives you quick, easy steps on how to do it.

Update, 11-25-08: Tested Joe’s method myself today on some AOL Hometowns using the free program, FTP Commander, that he recommends. It works like a charm – the files AOL said they were deleting by Oct. 31st are in fact, still there, and it’s easy to transfer them to your computer.

Update, 12-7-08: Joe Manna contacted Joe at Taimantis not long after I published this. The latter Joe put in a guest post for the former Joe on the topic. JM also made a spreadsheet that lists all active FTP servers on AOL so you can see for yourself what’s going on. Enjoy.

4 thoughts on “AOL Hometown Users: Your files are *not* deleted yet – grab’m while you can!

  1. Good find per usual!
    Damn M, good find!
    I don’t think I ever used a Hometown (at least not to upload anything) or I would defiantly try it out.
    Ya this is Mike. You would have known I can’t remember my livejournal password (it was autosaved, now it’s not). Go figure…

  2. Re: Good find per usual!
    It’s a misnomer to call it a “good find”…I merely had the right post in the right place at the right time, which Joe managed to find and comment upon here. And you would not “defiantly” try out Joe’s method, since there would be nothing “defiant” about trying it out. You would d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y try it out, though, if you had the chance. :)

  3. Re: Good find per usual!
    Ah, I didn’t know he commented you. I also never seen that site before, which left me thinking that was a ‘good find’. Silly me.
    Lol my spelling. Nothing new, eh?
    Carry on. :-)

  4. Re: Good find per usual!
    It’s sad to hear since I don’t think enough Hometown users who didn’t grab their files by Oct. 31st knew they could still get them (or try to, considering Joe’s list of recent shutdowns) up until yesterday. Between the three of us we did what we could to spread the word but I still wish I could’ve done more. Thanks so much for letting us know the files were available all this time, and for your updates. You really went out of your way to do this. It’s amazing – I can’t say enough good things about that.

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