How to troubleshoot corruption in a Microsoft Access database

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SUMMARY

There are a number of reasons corruption can occur in a Microsoft Access database. This article provides a list of references to Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that may assist you in resolving corruption in your database.

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Troubleshooting and preventing database corruption

The following Knowledge Base article provides the troubleshooting steps that Support professionals follow when they try to recover a corrupted database. For more information about troubleshooting and repairing an Access database, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
279334 How to repair a damaged Jet 3.5 database
The following Knowledge Base article provides information on preventing corruption in Microsoft Jet 3.x databases. For more information about minimizing database corruption, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
303519 How to minimize database corruption when using Microsoft Jet 3.x

Additional troubleshooting resources

The following Knowledge Base articles may be of additional assistance to you in troubleshooting problematic database files.

For more information about receiving an unexpected error when opening a database, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
277925 Error message: "Unexpected error 35012" when you open a database
For more information about troubleshooting invalid page faults, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
148424 Troubleshooting fatal system errors in Microsoft Access 95 and Microsoft Access 97

Data recovery

After completing the troubleshooting articles listed above, if you are still unable to recover your database, your data may still be recoverable. There are a number of third-party companies that specialize in data recovery.

The following companies are known to specialize in this area. You may be able to find additional companies that specialize in this area by searching on the Internet.
Action Front Data Recovery Labs
http://www.actionfront.com/
OfficeRecovery
http://www.officerecovery.com/access/index.htm
PK Solutions
http://www.pksolutions.com
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

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Article ID: 306829 - Last Review: August 12, 2005 - Revision: 5.0
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  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
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