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Error message when you run an append query, run a make-table query, or import data in a large Access database file: "Invalid argument"
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This article applies to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) file or to a Microsoft Access database (.accdb) file. Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
In Microsoft Access, when you try to run an append query, to run a make-table query, or to import data in a large Microsoft Access database file, you may receive the following error message:
This problem occurs when the size of the Access database file approaches the 2 gigabyte (GB) size limitation.
To work around this problem, you must reduce the size of the Access database file. To do this, use one of the following methods:
Method 1: Compact the Access database fileYou can reduce the size of the Access database file by running the Compact and Repair Database utility. To do this, follow these steps.
Note If you want to compact a shared Access database file that is located on a server or in a shared folder, you must make sure that no other user on the network has opened the Access database file. You must have exclusive use of the Access database file.
Method 2: Split the Access database fileYou can also work around this problem by dividing the Access database file into multiple Access database files. If the Access database file contains modules with a lot of code, you can consider using library databases to store the code. You can also consider using the Database Splitter Wizard to divide your single Access database file into two Access database files. One of the Access database files contains all the tables. The other Access database file contains the remaining database objects, such as forms and reports. To do this, follow these steps:
For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304932/ )How to manually split a Microsoft Access database
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302495/ )ACC2000: "Invalid Argument" when you import, copy, or append data to a table
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/209912/ )ACC2000: How to reference classes that exist in multiple libraries
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288631/ )Defragment and compact database to improve performance
Article ID: 835416 - Last Review: April 12, 2007 - Revision: 4.1