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Opening the connection on a read-only Microsoft Access Database (.mdb file on a CD-ROM, a floppy disk that is write protected, or a hard disk that is read-only to the user, and so forth) with the following code causes an error to occur. The following code opens a connection on a Microsoft Access database file on a CD-ROM:
It causes the following error:
The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file E:\testdb.mdb. It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its data.
The Jet OLEDB provider opens databases, by default, in Read/Write mode. Jet requires the creation of a locking file (.ldb file) in order to open a database file in shared access mode. If you request shared access mode, Jet attempts to create the locking file, which fails on read-only media. If you open a database using exclusive mode, Jet does not need to create the locking file.
Open the database in read-only and exclusive mode. You can do this by setting the Mode property of the connection object to adShareDenyWrite.
The following code opens a connection on a read-only Microsoft Access database:
The following Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes the same problem and a resolution when using Data Access Object (DAO):
191737Microsoft Developer Network Library, Visual Studio 6.0; search on:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/191737/EN-US/ )PRB: DAO MDB on Read-Only Media Must Be Opened Exclusively
Microsoft Data Access SDK
Article ID: 195475 - Last Review: October 15, 2003 - Revision: 2.0