MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual  /  Backup and Recovery

Chapter 7 Backup and Recovery

It is important to back up your databases so that you can recover your data and be up and running again in case problems occur, such as system crashes, hardware failures, or users deleting data by mistake. Backups are also essential as a safeguard before upgrading a MySQL installation, and they can be used to transfer a MySQL installation to another system or to set up replication slave servers.

MySQL offers a variety of backup strategies from which you can choose the methods that best suit the requirements for your installation. This chapter discusses several backup and recovery topics with which you should be familiar:

  • Types of backups: Logical versus physical, full versus incremental, and so forth

  • Methods for creating backups

  • Recovery methods, including point-in-time recovery

  • Backup scheduling, compression, and encryption

  • Table maintenance, to enable recovery of corrupt tables

Additional Resources

Resources related to backup or to maintaining data availability include the following:

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