Can I restore an oracle xe database just from the dbf files in the xe folder

Posted on 2009-12-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-18
I had to reinstall Oracle XE on a windows server and the only backup I have is the dbf files themselves.  Can I restore my database from these files?

Question by:stwokie
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    Do you have a backup of your control files?  Was the database in Archivelog mode? If so do you have backup copies of your archive log files?
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    Author Comment

    No I can't find any control files in the backup.  The database was not in Achivelog mode.
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    That's not good.  The Oracle control files are key files that Oracle uses to Open the database if your data files (dbf) are not in synch with your current control file the database cannot be opened.  Secondly in my opinion and to ensure proper data recovery after a server failure you should always have the database in ArchiveLog mode.

    You have a very big problem on your hands without a backup of your control files need to hire a certfied Oracle DBA to consult you regarding this issue.   There is no way you will be able to restore this database without the help of a DBA.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Reinstalled oracle and rebuilt my database...
    This was on a development server (thats why we have those right!).
    Know I know what to backup in order to restore the database.


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