How to convert MySQL datafile to .SQL file?


My Windows 2008 server crashed and now I need to transfer website to Ubuntu hosting. The problem is I do not have good MySQL backup.

I’ve made a search and found \MySQL Datafiles\ibdata1 file. I wonder how can I convert it to .sql file, so I could import it into the new database? Is it possible?

If you set up your my.cnf/my.ini configuration identically, you can just copy the entire MySQL data directory (“MySQL Datafiles”) to the new server.

To “convert it to .sql” you need the data in a running MySQL server. You’d then run the mysqldump tool to query the live server and write the data to a .sql file.