Monday, December 21, 2009

Resolving “A problem occurred in your database...” Error Message

A Microsoft Access database user encounters various problems while maintaining a large database. Most of these problems are caused due to corruption or damage in Access database. Few main causes of corruption are improper system shutdown, MS Office malfunction, human errors, and virus attack. An easy way to get rid of all the problems caused post database corruption is by restoring the data from an updated backup. While most of the database users create and store their database backup file on a safe location (usually on another storage media), the possibilities of the backup file getting corrupted still exists. To access the data in such situations, you will need to use advanced access database repair utility that can comprehensively repair your database.

Consider a practical situation, where you attempt to mount your Access database to update some records in a particular table. However, instead of database mounting, you receive the below error message:

“A problem occurred in your database. Correct the problem by repairing and compacting the

The above error message appears each time you attempt to mount your Access database, making all the database records inaccessible.


The root cause for the above error message is corruption of Access database.


To resolve the above error message and to make the database records accessible, you will need to perform Compact and Repair (as suggested in the error message). To do so, you will need to follow the below steps:

1.Click 'Tools' option and select 'Database Utilities'.
2.Click 'Compact and Repair Database' option
3.Select the damaged Access database in the ‘Database to Compact From’.
4.Click 'Compact'.
5.Store the repaired Access database file on your desired location, after providing it a valid name.
6.Click 'Save'.

The resolution mentioned in the error message works in most of the corruption scenarios. However, if it doesn't, then it means that your database is badly corrupted and is beyond the repairing capabilities of “Compact and Repair”. The only way to repair such severely corrupted database is by using powerful Access Repair application. Such third-party tools use advanced scanning methods to repair the corrupted databases in most situations. These access repair applications can be easily understood even by a non-technical user.

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