I'm confused.. I mean, the whole idea of apache and xampp has me slightly confused, but i do strongly feel that I am working my way through this..

I have encountered a problem that i just can not answer by reading, as ALL answers point to changing an htaccess file.

The thing is, i have a HUGE HUGE HUGE website. its a photography portfolio with a compelte e-commerce section using oscommerce. I know that there is a htaccess file in there, but when i was downloading the backup file, i did not add the htaccess, and i double checked by searching for .htaccess in spotlight AND the finder search on my mac.

So are there any answers for this? Should i download a 100% complete backup??

THis brings me to a second question.. how do you folks with large complex websites download backups without timing out? I have tried using Fetch FTP and that times out, i tried my CPanel backup wizard and that times out..