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A previously posted question appears to assume that the data is deleted in the database if the field is deleted in his/her forum content type. I think that the field still exists and the data is still available if you add the field back. I am reluctant to test this out on my current website in case I am wrong :}.

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Deleting the field deletes the data too.
As far as I can see, the database tables used to contain the field data are renamed, but they are emptied.

Visiting the page at admin/structure/types/manage/forum/fields, I deleted the "Forums" field used for the "Forum" content type; this is what I see watching the content of the database used for my Drupal test site, after I removed the field.

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To notice also that the "deleted" column in the "{field_config_instance}" table is set to 1 for deleted fields.

  • I was hoping that the data was still there for John in the other post I referenced in my question. I just noticed you had edited the question or I would have figured you'd of pointed that out to him. – Ashlar Nov 5 '11 at 20:17
  • The question can still be interesting for other users that are in a similar situation. – kiamlaluno Nov 5 '11 at 21:07

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