A tutorial to fix Microsoft Access database corruption issue

Microsoft Access is an extended version of Excel and helps store and manage a large amount of data. In Excel we could only manage and work on spreadsheets up to an extent but this is not the case with Access. Therefore, if Access is so important, then what would happen if it doesn’t work as it should? In most of the industrial platforms, Access is used on a larger level for it sorts a lot of work for them. It also retains essential data of the individuals who are working together in an organization. So, it is advisable to keep a backup of whatever you store in this software.

We all are aware that this is one of the apps of Microsoft Office productivity suites therefore you may navigate to official website of Office to know more about this app. Besides being a wonderful and effective app, it may sometimes display an error regarding corruption of the databases in it. Hence, if you have created a backup of your Access files, you might need to repair the corrupted Access MDB or ACCDB files. To get rid of this issue, you need to first know the reason behind its occurrence so that you can troubleshoot a specific problem.

Reasons behind corrupted database

In case you repeatedly change the information in the Memo field, then you might come across this issue. If you do so, then there are increased chances of problem with the VBA module. Although, this doesn’t affect the data present in Access, but it’s design might affect.

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  • Sometimes, when your device undergoes an interruption in the data then you might experience this issue. This change could happen because of various reasons including network service loss. But, you can repair this corrupted file. However, you might experience some data loss.
  • If a Virus infected file is present in the databases, then it might result in this issue. As soon as you open an infected file, you might come across this problem.
  • Other than this, hardware failure can also be one of the issues behind this problem. The hardware problems may include lost packets and so on.
  • In case you have installed third-party plug-ins, then it may result in database corruption.

Solve Microsoft Access database corruption issues

If you ever come across this situation, then the first thing you need to do is use the Compact and Repair Database tool included within this application. Here’s how you can use this tool to fix the issue:

  1. First of all, open the Access app.
  2. Now, select ‘Database Tools’ tab from the taskbar.
  3. You may find it available next to ‘External Data’ tab.
  4. Further, select the first option i.e. ‘Compact and Repair Database’.
  5. Here, you will see a window reading as ‘Database to Compact From’.
  6. From this window, you need to select a database file to repair.
  7. In the next step, press the ‘Compact’ button.
  8. When the ‘Compact Database Into’ dialog box opens, you are required to give a new name to the file.
  9. Further, you need to decide where you need to save the file.
  10. Click on the ‘Save’ button and you are done.

If this doesn’t help, then you might need to uninstall and reinstall Access. This will resolve the issue and you can start using Access all over again because the updated version comes with certain necessary bug fixes.