Thursday, August 20, 2009

MS Access data inaccessible post Index File Corruption

MS Access database indexes are the indexes that are primarily used to search and sort the database records faster and easier. These indexes are saved in an index file that has INF extension. Corruption or damage to this file mainly results in accessibility of the records saved in the MS Access database. Few main reasons for the corruption of index file are unexpected system shutdown, file system corruption, malicious software like virus, and more. For comprehensive recovery of records after such inaccessibility issues, the best option is to restore the data from an updated backup. However, in case of no valid database backup availability or backup falling short to restore the desired data, Access Recovery Software comes to rescue.

As a practical scenario, you receive the below error message when you attempt to view the records in Employee database:

“Microsoft Access can't create, open, or write to the index file ...; the information (.inf) file it uses to keep track of dBASE indexes. The index file may be damaged, or you may not have read/write permission for the network drive you're trying to link to. You can link to the dBASE file without specifying any dBASE indexes, but the existing indexes will not be used with the linked table.”

Data stored in the Employee database becomes inaccessible after the above error message appears.


The root cause for the occurrence of the above error message, as stated in the error message, is damage of index file.

To completely resolve the above problem and access the records stored in Employee database, you will need to restore the Employee database from an updated backup. But, if the updated backup of Employee database is not available, then the only alternative left is to opt for an advanced Access Recovery application. These access database repair utilities employ powerful scanning methods to scan and recover the inaccessible MS Access database files. These utilities can be easily understood and implemented as they are built with highly graphical user interface. These recovery applications also ensure complete recovery of Access database files (.accdb and .mdb).

Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery is advanced Access Database Repair tool that is compatible with Microsoft Access 2007, 2003, XP (2002) and 2000. The read only utility can restore and access repair database objects such as tables, queries, forms, reports, macros and modules. The recovery utility is designed for Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT operating systems.

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