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Unrecognized database format

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While trying to open MS Access files, I get following error message :

Unrecognized database format

and it makes my database corrupted, I tried my level best to repair it but I was unable to repair it. Then one of my friend suggest me to try access repair software. When I searched on the net, I found many software which provide access recovery and repair.

Then I tried demo version of Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery Software *** Removed illegal link *** and After using it I was able to view my data but in preview mode. It means that my data was recoverable. I opt for full version then I saved my database.

So if any one knows why this error occurs will be appreciable.
Feb 23 '09 #1
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MS Access database recovery steps:

1) Create a backup of the corrupt database. (Just in case of)

2) Create a new database and use File/Get external data/Import to get all objects of the damaged database.

3) Try these Microsoft solutions:
Repair A97/A2000:
and/or read the article:
ACC2000: How to Troubleshoot Corruption in a Microsoft Access Database;en-us;306204

4) Bit "heavier":
Access decompile:

5) Try a recovery tool / Table rescue
Table datarecovery:
Access recovery:

6) Ask a company (will cost $$'s ! )

check also:

Feb 23 '09 #2

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Restore an entire database
When you restore an entire database, you replace a database file that is damaged, has data problems, or is missing altogether, with a backup of the entire database.

If the database file is missing, copy the backup to the location where the database should be.
IMPORTANT If other databases or programs have links to objects in the database that you are restoring, it is critical that you restore the database to the correct location. If you do not, links to the database objects will not work and will have to be re-created, such as by using the Linked Table Manager.

If the database file is damaged or has data problems, delete the damaged file and then replace the damaged file with the backup.
Oct 14 '14 #3

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