Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Preventing MS Access Database Corruption

It is rightly said that “Prevention is better than cure”. The same goes with MS Access database corruption. An Access database can get corrupted at any time and on any system. It might get corrupted when the user is attempting to modify the records or mount, close, or convert the database. Few main causes for Access database corruption are application malfunctioning, virus infection, and operating system malfunction. In most cases of Access database corruption, the database components can not be opened, which result in inaccessibility of stored records. For systematic repair of the corrupted MS Access database, the user needs to opt for a third-party access database repair application. However, if the user does not want her/his database to be corrupted, s/he needs to follow the below prevention techniques:

Take a complete backup of the MS Access database on regular basis. The backup storage media should be different from the original storage media.
Compact and Repair your MS Access database on regular basis. The user can also specify that the compaction should start when the database is closed.
Never close the database unexpectedly, like, closing database by switching off the computer.
In case of network issues, never use a shared Access database stored on a network server.

However, if the user has not followed any of the above preventive measures and the database is corrupted, then s/he needs to perform Compact and Repair. This is an inbuilt repair utility that does the following:

Repairs corrupt database components, like table, form, module, and report.
Provide required information to open database components, like form, module, and report.

While the above repair utility is successful in repairing the database in most cases, it fails to repair the database, when it is severely corrupted. In such cases, the user needs to search for effective access database recovery solutions.

An Access Repair tool repairs the database by incorporating high-end scanning algorithms. The tool repairs databases irrespective of their degree of corruption. Such tools do not require any technical understanding to perform database repair.

Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery repairs severely corrupted MS Access database with only three mouse clicks. Compatible with MS Access 2007, 2003, XP (2002), and 2000, the read only Access Repair tool does not delete or modify the original database while repairing. It supports Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000 operating systems.

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