#2 Jun 30, 2018 08:58
Just to be sure, did you do the update by manual ftp?
Next I'm querying 'Under public_html my database files are located under b2evolution/blogs' These files are only to admin the database but are not the actual data that makes up the tables
I think the option to normalise would be good, but you could download a copy of the database if you are concerned that it may get screwed. If you have cpanel access on your host you can use phpMyAdmin to save a copy etc.
The error seems to relate to an old table that doesn't exist in the new version, so you could make a copy of the old database, and delete that table in phpMyAdmin and try updating again.
As long as you have a backup database no harm will come to the old setup.