Migration from MyISAM to InnoDB
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This page only applies to administrators using Moodle with a MySQL database. It's about migrating MySQL storage engine.
Difference between MyISAM and InnoDB
- read 
- InnoDB is best for data integrity, not so good for searching large files, and uses up more CPU cycles and storage space than MyISAM equivalent
- InnoDB is much younger than MyISAM but is becoming increasingly attractive ... but because it is more complex, some utilities written for MyISAM like mysqlhotcopy may not work
- It is perfectly OK to select InnoDB for certain tables, and MyISAM for others (based on above criteria)
Before attempting to change the table type, you should:
- check InnoDB is enabled. Log in to MySQL and run the command SHOW ENGINES. Make sure that support for InnoDB shows either "YES" or "DEFAULT".
- set innodb_file_per_table if required. This setting can be useful for large installations, but it only affects newly created tables and can't be applied retrospectively.
Various Methods described in Moodle Forums (choose one)
- run the innodb script as a webpage http://www.YOUR_MOODLE_SITE/admin/tool/innodb (v2.2.1 You should be logged into your Moodle site as an administrator - there might be timeout issues on large databases) In earlier versions of Moodle 2.x the script was at http://www.YOUR_MOODLE_SITE/admin/innodb.php
- use the CLI script in admin/cli/mysql_engine.php (requires access to shell, and the config.php must only have one moodle instance, but has no timeout issues)
- use PHPMyAdmin entering Structure view of a table and clicking Operations tab. Look for Storage Engine parameter. This is a tedious task due to the number of tables 
- perform a database dump (e.g. mysqldump moodle_database > dump.SQL), use an editor or sed/perl/awk command to find/replace , replacing MyISAM with InnoDB. Finally, restore back in the server. (e.g. mysql < dump.SQL or equivalent). If using this method, be very careful to use the same file encoding on both input and output.
- Follow the process detailed here - https://sites.google.com/site/moodlemayhem/tcea2011-moodle-server-setup-basics/moodleacidtrip
- Use the php script (Tested on 1.9 and 2.0/2.2) http://noveckg.blogspot.com/2012/04/moodle-php-script-to-convert-mysql.html
- Using Moodle New moodle.org forum discussion
- MySQL Engines: MyISAM vs. InnoDB article by Tag1 Consulting