How does MySQL store rows on disk?

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asked Dec 18, 2009 by ken

I'm looking for documentation on how MySQL stores data on disk, in particular InnoDB and MyISAM.

I took a database course back in college (and wrote a primitive database) so I have a general idea.

I could ask a bunch of questions here about how various types are stored in rows, and how rows are stored on disk, or go whole-hog and just describe my entire system in excruciating detail and ask for how to structure it, but I think simply learning how it stores records would let me figure it out by myself with a lot less bandwidth.

Is this documented anywhere (outside of the source code)?

Thanks!

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