Cannot recover anki from backup even after deleting add ons

Hello! In a huge bind. As per the usual sob story, spent the day making ~250 cards. to my knowledge they were adding successfully (I saw them all in browse). I closed out anki and they disappeared when I reopened anki.

I have tried to download a previous version through a backup, but the cards wont pop up. I deleted my add ons and such. Can anyone please advise? Would be forever grateful!!!

I GOT IT! I was just selecting the wrong backups, please disregard