RE: checking for block corruption

Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 14:33:31 +0000
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RMAN can do a validation of the datafile- You don't need a backup in advance to do this.

In RMAN - validate datafile X; where X is the datafile number. Then check v$block_corruption for additional results.

You can also use Database Verify (DBV) utility. DBV is a standalone program, so the db does not need to be running to use dbv. For raw devices I have never used DBV- may or may not work :)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Subodh Deshpande Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:05 AM
Subject: Re: checking for block corruption

you want to check the corruption in files..following links may help you..

On 22 May 2012 00:13, Dba DBA <> wrote:

> I need to run a block corruption test. I have a BCV copy of prod I am
> running this on. We are not using RMAN for prod backups. I can't change
> this.
> DB Version:
> DB Size: 10 TBs
> files are on raw partitions
> rman target /
> backup validate database;
> if I run this will this actually backup the DB? When I read the docs they
> seemed to say it would only do a validate check. We have the DB copy in
> noarchivelog mode.
> When I ran that command I get:
> RMAN-03009: failure of backup command on ORA_DISK_1 channel at 05/21/2012
> 16:05:09
> ORA-19602: cannot backup or copy active file in NOARCHIVELOG mode
> If backup validate only checks for block corruption why does it care if I
> am in archivelog mode ( i know i can bounce the db or turn it off. I want
> to make sure I'm not actually taking a backup).
> --

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