All - I have a very large database, containing hundreds of millions of records across multiple tables in multiple databases. The DB is setup for a master/slave replication, but I would like to start doing a full weekly dump to a DVDRom or tape backup…whatever. With MyIasm tables I can just copy the binary files, but this is not the case with InnoDB, which is what I am using. the mysqldump takes forever and a day to complete, and produces an extremely large text file, I was looking for some other way, that is a. quicker, b. smaller dump files. Is this possible? Can someone recommend a method?