How can I copy a Site Collection to the same Web Application?

I have got Public Site, so I can't save this as a template, or can I?

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In order to copy to site in same site collection you need to add a new content Database in that web application, otheirwise it will throw the error. here are the steps:

  • Create a new Content Database in the web application
  • Take the Backup of the Site sites collection using Backup-spsite.
  • Now restore the site collection and using the database paramter to point newly created DB.Restore-SPSite http://server_name/sites/site_name -Path C:\Backup\site_name.bak -Force -DatabaseServer SQLBE1 -DatabaseName SQLDB1

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