How to fix "Error: MySQL shutdown unexpectedly"?

Why am I getting the ‘Error: MySQL shutdown unexpectedly’ message when trying to start MySQL on my computer? It was working fine yesterday, but today when I try to start it, it doesn’t work. What could be causing this issue or how to fix it?

9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	This may be due to a blocked port, missing dependencies, 
9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	improper privileges, a crash, or a shutdown by another method.
9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	Press the Logs button to view error logs and check
9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	the Windows Event Viewer for more clues
9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	If you need more help, copy and post this
9:23:29 AM  [mysql] 	entire log window on the forums

Here are the steps to recover MySQL data when encountering the “MySQL shutdown unexpectedly” error in XAMPP:

  1. Navigate to your XAMPP installation directory and locate the “mysql” folder.
  1. Rename the "mysql/data" folder to "mysql/data_old".

  2. Make a copy of the "mysql/backup" folder and name it "mysql/data".

  3. Copy all of the database folders from "mysql/data_old" to "mysql/data", except for the "mysql", "performance_schema", and "phpmyadmin" folders.

  4. Copy the "mysql/ibdata1" file from "mysql/data_old" to the "mysql/data" folder.

  5. Open the XAMPP control panel and start the MySQL service.

  6. Verify that your databases are accessible and working as expected.

Please note that this is an emergency solution and is not intended to be a permanent fix. It is strongly recommended that you backup your data and consider reinstalling XAMPP to avoid any potential issues with malfunctioning files.