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My server has been hacked and I only have FTP access to recover my data before reinstalling the OS.

Which/where are the directories that needs to be backed up? Will MySQL be recovered back to its initial state if I were to copy these directories back to the freshly installed server?

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If you FTP /etc/my.cnf, read it and look for

For most MySQL installations, this would be /var/lib/mysql

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