I am trying to get Oracle 7 up and running with a set of files that, to the best of my knowledge, represent a cold backup. I set up the service and have done everything "by the book," but I cannot see any of the data. I am so lost it's not even funny, and finding helpful info (especially at Oracle.com) is difficult at best.
Unfortunately, there is a large number of possibilities here that could be causing your problem. I need you to be more specific as to your particular problem in order to help you.
Basically, the restore process should be as follows:
- Restore the datafiles on a server.
- Use a control file dumped to trace to modify the filename locations to their new directory structure.
- Use the ORADIM utility to create the necessary services.
- Startup the database in NOMOUNT mode.
- Run the control file trace script to create the new control files.
- Apply recovery and open the database.
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