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I have pretty big database, like with 5 000 000 rows in total. It is located in a remote server. I want to copy this database to my personal computer, for testing purposes. However I don't know the best option for this operation. Dumping the database does not look user friendly. Can I use Navicat's data transfer function to do this? Could it end with error? I think this operation can last few hours. Is there any other ways?

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It's all here. What's wrong with

mysqldump options | mysql localhost_name -u me -pmy_password

(with valid options for your particular setup)? Check here for a sample. I don't know for sure, but Navicat is, in all likelihood doing something similar in the background. This is possibly better.

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