Microsoft has designed a database management system, known as Microsoft Access, to store a large amount of data and information. An access database file looks like a tabular sheet that has multiple columns and rows inside which your data and information are stored. MS Access tool allows you to create database files, understand their file structure and modify or manipulate the data and information stored in the files as per requirement. 

Being a database user, you may face some problematic issues while working on a database file. Such as: your database application may start hanging, the database file may become inaccessible or invalid, the data and information stored in the file may become unreadable or vanished or you may receive an error message on your screen. All these problems occur due to corruption. A corrupted database file cannot be opened or the data stored in the file cannot be read or identified.

There are several causes which can affect our access database file, such as:

  • Virus infection: One of the most common reasons behind database corruption is computer virus or bugs. They may attack on the database files and infect them or make them corrupted.
  • Crash in hard drive: If a sudden crash occurs in the hard drive of your system, all or some part of data, which includes database files, may be lost or corrupted.
  • Sudden system shutdown: If your system gets shut down while working on or saving the database file, the files may get corrupted or become inaccessible.
  • Improper termination of MS Access: If your are working on a database file in MS Access and all of a sudden the database application gets terminated. This situation may corrupt or damage the database file and make it accessible.
  • Software malfunction: Sometimes MS Access application may collide with other installed applications on your system. This may create issues with MS Access and its database files. Sometime due to this, database files can become inaccessible.
  • Human errors: Human errors include unwanted modification or manipulation in a wrong way, unauthorized access of database files, trying access database by applying wrong passwords, and many more. A database file may also become corrupted intentionally by using a file editor.

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These are some most common reasons due to which an access database file gets corrupted. Whenever you face corruption in your database files, you need to recover the your data and information from them. If you have backed up the database files earlier, you can restore them from the BKF file. Make sure the BKF files is valid (not corrupted) and updated. Unluckily if there is no backup, you may try some manual steps to recover your data from the database files.

Try any of these solutions: 

  1. Migration of data: Though this method is not so effective, but sometimes it can recover your data from the database files. You need to create a new database file and then import all the data from the corrupted file to the new one. This task will require a lot of technical understanding, i.e. could be difficult for non-technical users.
  2. Compact and Repair: The “Compact and Repair” utility is a built-in function to repair corrupted database files. It is an effective to handle corrupted database files. But if corruption is severe, it may take a long time to be completed or your system may start hanging. 

Other than these manual solutions, you can also try a third-party recovery tool for corrupted access database files. Most of the technicians and data recovery experts recommend MS Access Database Recovery tool for recovering data from corrupted database files. It can easily fix corrupted database files and and recover all the data and file objects, such as: tables, queries, indexes, relations, etc. from them. This tool is designed to perform a safe recovery from corrupted database files without requiring any prior technical understanding.

To know more about this software, please visit: SysInfoTools MS Access Database Recovery