what's the fastest way to restore a large mysql database?

Hi All,

mysqldump generates a file that is about 3GB for us. Dumping that data back into mysql looks like a 10+ hour process.

Is there a better way?

Can one just “grab” the mysql data store and move it?

is mysqldump the only way?

use innodb hot backup http://www.innodb.com/doc/hot_backup/manual.html for innodb storage engine
for myISAM you can copy data files for backup.

Thanks, I will look into that. I think what we’ll end up doing is use a combination of mysqldump with --ignore-table for large tables that we don’t need in testing and use mysqldump with --where clause for the same large tables to limit the number of records that get loaded.