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Recovery after DROP [ TABLE | DATABASE ]

 | July 19, 2009 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs

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In your recovery practice we often face the problem when data lost by execution DROP TABLE or DROP DATABASE statement. In this case even our InnoDB Data Recovery tool can’t help, as table / directory with files was deleted (if you have innodb-file-per-table). And the same for MyISAM, all .MYD / .MYI / .frm – files are deleted in this case.

So first step after DROP is to restore files, and for ext3 file system there are two utilities which can help of you are fast (and lucky) enough.
First one is ext3grep http://code.google.com/p/ext3grep/, with some instruction on this page http://www.xs4all.nl/~carlo17/howto/undelete_ext3.html.
And also there is TestDisk, with wide list of functionality, one of them is to restore deleted files.

I don’t know such tools for xfs, so in this case DROP will be fatal.

But better advise is do your backups 🙂

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Vadim Tkachenko

Vadim Tkachenko co-founded Percona in 2006 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Vadim leads Percona Labs, which focuses on technology research and performance evaluations of Percona’s and third-party products. Percona Labs designs no-gimmick tests of hardware, filesystems, storage engines, and databases that surpass the standard performance and functionality scenario benchmarks. Vadim’s expertise in LAMP performance and multi-threaded programming help optimize MySQL and InnoDB internals to take full advantage of modern hardware. Oracle Corporation and its predecessors have incorporated Vadim’s source code patches into the mainstream MySQL and InnoDB products. He also co-authored the book High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication 3rd Edition.

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