I’m new to My SQL. Im trying to change the Data directory location to that of the server Instead of the default "C:\Program Data\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\data". I changed the my.ini file so that the database directory was pointing to the server "Y:\dev224\MySQL\data" and then stopped the database server and tried to restart the database. It would not re-start.. I copied the old my.ini file back and the database restarted. I thought, well maybe it can not find the same dabases in the new directory that I had in old directory , so I copied the entired database structure and tried the new my.ini database file again and it still would not restart after I stopped it. I copied the original data directory using the windows explorer. I do see a directory when I sign up to the original configuration that I don't see in the actual directory information_schema . But I copied the directory and stopped the Server and tried to restart, but it would not restart.