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DataSet.Clone Method

Copies the structure of the DataSet, including all DataTable schemas, relations, and constraints. Does not copy any data.

Namespace: System.Data
Assembly: System.Data (in

Public Overridable Function Clone As DataSet
Dim instance As DataSet
Dim returnValue As DataSet

returnValue = instance.Clone
public DataSet Clone ()
public function Clone () : DataSet

Return Value

A new DataSet with the same schema as the current DataSet, but none of the data.


If these classes have been subclassed, the clone will also be of the same subclasses.

The following example creates a clone of a DataSet object's schema.

Private Sub GetClone(ByVal dataSet As DataSet)
   ' Get a clone of the original DataSet.
   Dim cloneSet As DataSet = dataSet.Clone()

   ' Insert code to work with clone of the DataSet.
End Sub

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0