Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Unable to open Access Database file

Visual Basic Application (VBA) macros are primarily used to increase the functionality of the standard user interface. These VBA macros are primarily created by the database users to perform a some critical task, that requires numerous functions to be executed at one go. However, like any other programming language, these macros can be built specifically to corrupt your Access database. In such cases, your database becomes unmountable, further resulting into inaccessibility of all its stored records. To avoid any such hazard, most of the database users maintain a valid database backup on a different storage media. However, if the database user forgets to create an adequate backup or backup falls short to restore the required data, then you will need to use advanced access file repair application to repair the corrupt database.

To illustrate the above case, picture a situation where some user (with a malicious intent) modifies the code used in your VBA macro. The impact of the change is that after the macro runs, you can not open that particular database file again. In addition, you do not receive any error message for the same. The database file could not be opened after trying all the below measures:

Compacting and repairing the database.
Opening the database file by holding shift key.
Opening MS Access using decompile option. (This only opens the application, not the database).
Creating new database and importing all the components into it.
Accessing file using new database using DAO objects.
Opened other database files on same machine.

When all the above steps fail to resolve your issue and the database file still could not be opened, then you will need to use advanced Access Database Repair application to repair the corrupted database. An repair access tool is used to repair the database after it is corrupted due any logical crash. The tool embeds powerful scanning methods to repair the database and restore it on the new or default location. The repair application is easy-to-understand due to its interactive user-interface. The software is completely non-destructive as it does not performs any modifications in original database records.

Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery is a superb application to repair all kinds of logically corrupted databases. Compatible with Access 2007, 2003, XP (2002), and 2000, the free downloadable demo version of the Access Repair tool allows you to preview all the repairable database file. The tool is deigned for Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000.

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