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Would it be by copying it onto a hard disk or is there a faster way?

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The answer depends on how large the DB is and if they are networked (and how fast). Sending a 10MB database to a server in another town our another country is probably the fastest using the net. Cloning a multi-gigabyte DB to a server sitting next to it is the other extreme.. So to answer it we need more information. –  Hennes Sep 11 '13 at 15:39

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Honestly, if the machines are networked then your best bet is to dump the DB onto a shared storage and restore it back to the other server.

If they're not networked, then dump it and 7zip it onto a DVD-R and restore it to the new server.

Hope that helps!

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