Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fixing Error Messages post MDB file Corruption

Database files (.mdb/.accdb) created by using MS Access application save records in the form of various components, like tables, forms, queries, and views. These files are world-widely used to maintain personal as well as professional details. Like any other files, these database files are also prone to corruption due to various internal and external reasons. Corruption of any kind in these files primarily results in inaccessibility of their saved records. For comprehensive accessibility of file records post corruption, an ideal way is to restore the data from an updated backup. But in absence of an updated backup, you will need to repair the corrupt database file. To do so, you will need to opt for an powerful third-party access file repair application.

Consider a practical scenario, where you receive the underneath error message when you attempt to open the front-end part of your database, saved on your desktop:

"The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file \\servername\company\CustomerAccounts.mdb. It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its data"

You might receive another error message when you double-click on the front-end file icon located in your company's folder:

“Microsoft Access can't find the database file '\\servername\company\CustomerAccounts.mdb.' Make sure you entered the correct path and file name”

Once the above error message appear, the database records become inaccessible.


The above error messages appear when CustomerAccounts.mdb gets corrupted or damaged. Few main causes of corruption can be improper system shutdown, application malfunction, virus attack, and more.


An easy way to resolve both the above error messages is by creating another MDB file and importing one by one tables into it. When all the tables are imported, compact and repair the database. If the above resolution fails to provide desired results, then you will need to use an effective Access Database Repair utility.

An repair access software repairs and restores the corrupt MDB file, regardless of its cause of corruption. Such utilities are serve as self-explanatory tools and do not require any former technical knowledge for understanding.

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