Good News, or at least I think it's good news.
I found a utility allowing me to download almost all of the content on Ning. Almost because the tool is limited to the last 10,000 items in each section and there are 12,000+ photos so I can only download 10,000 of them.
I'm not exactly sure at this point what to do with the media or how to migrate it, but GETTING it is at least 1/2 the battle.
The tentative plan is to upload the photos and media onto this server (OvationFanClub.com) if not directly into current users photo albums as example, then at least into a folder with some way of people getting to their old files.
This includes Video and Audio files as well.
At the very least, I will be able to scan all of the posts on these forums for references to files currently on Ning. I'll then be able to upload those files to a folder on OvationFanClub.com and update those references to point to the media in it's new location so there won't be any broken links.
Also, I still have the contents of the old version 1 Gallery photos. Those have already been upload with the exception of a few that were currupted along the way so posts that reference the old Gallery photos should still work. I'm still working on these so there may be a few broken links in the archive for threads prior to 2006-ish but most should be ok by time I'm done. And as I mentioned, there were a few currupted files, likely never linked anyway, but it's hard to tell at this point.
10+ years of data is a lot of data.
Thanks for everyone's patience during the recent transition. I'll keep updating as I make progress with the Ning content.