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A client ask me to migrate his MySQL DB: The server doesn't have free space and it also has a very big table that is broken, so I can't dump it.

I can't REPAIR it because of lacking of free space.

Question : Is there a way to physically move MySQL DB data files to another server and use them for the "new" MySQL ?

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Here is what you can do:

  • Old DB Server :
  • New DB Server :

STEP 01) On the Old Server, service mysql stop

STEP 02) On the Old Server, rsync -av --progress /var/lib/mysql root@

STEP 03) On the New Server, chown -R mysql:mysql /var/lib/mysql

STEP 04) On the New Server, service mysql start

Make sure /var/lib/mysql on the New Server is on a much bigger disk mount

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Ok, I'll try that, I was already donwloading those files from /var/lib/mysql so when its finished I just have to upload that to New DB Server. Thanks. –  Mariano Argañaraz Mar 11 '13 at 4:05

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