I have an Oracle database on my local Windows XP machine that I use for development and testing.
Up to now, I have done regular exports of selected schemas for backup purposes. Even though I have managed to automate this over the years, I still find it a bit tedious. It would be much easier to simply do a cold backup while backing up the rest of my files. I just use XCOPY to an external harddrive which works just fine.
The reasons for wanting a cold backup are:
* I don't have Oracle running at all times.
* I don't use ARCHIVELOGS.
* This is a personal test system.
* When recovery is needed, I start with a fresh XP or at least with a fresh Oracle installation.
* Creating a new instance, re-creating and importing all schemas is tedious and requires lots of manual work and thinking (the latter is the hard bit...).
In order to use the export approach, I have to make sure to start up Oracle as part of my backup procedure. This also takes time. In order to use XCOPY, I simply shut down the Oracle services as the first task in my backup script.
The idea is that I shut down Oracle and xcopy all my Oracle datafiles:
as well as the spfile
There is lots of information on the net about backing up Oracle but it's mostly about 24/7 databases and all recommendations are to use hot backups. This is not needed in my scenario. I was not able to find simple consistent information how to recover a backup like the one mentioned above.
1. Do I need any other files to be able to restore?
2. Do I need to export a pfile or can I use the spfile?
3. How do I recover the database on a fresh installation of Oracle suing the files as above?