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Restore InnoDB schema from partial backup
Posted by: alena ss
Date: August 27, 2012 05:45AM

We had a server wipe-out by a virus (most likely someone ran it intentionally).
There was mysql 5.0.22 server running, but backups were not set for it.
We have windows backups, which contain ibdata1, ib_logfile0, ib_logfile1, but we do not have *.frm files in that backup.

So I tried to do this:
1. Installed latest version of mysql 5.5.27
2. Created all the tables from script files, but without any data - this created all the *.frm files
3. Copied ibdata1, ib_logfile0, ib_logfile1 from backup to mysql\data folder
4. Set innodb_force_recovery = 6 and tried to do a dump of a schema.
5. MySQL server crashes.

So I guess that somehow *.frm files relate to ibdata1 file and it is not possible to just recreate *.frm and match it with an old ibdata1 file.
Or maybe it is because I installed newer version of mysql server and that expects different ibdata1 format?
Or maybe because windows backup of ibdata1 and ib_logfileX would not really match?

Does anyone know for sure if it is possible to restore data in this situation?

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