Description of troubleshooting corruption in an Office Access 2003 database

Applies to: Microsoft Office Access 2003Microsoft Office Access 2007Access 2010

This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb and .accdb).

Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.

For a Microsoft Access 2002 version of this article, see
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For a Microsoft Access 2000 version of this article, see
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For a Microsoft Access 97 version of this article, see
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In a Microsoft Office Access 2003 database, corruption in your database may occur for a number of reasons. This article contains a list of references to Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that may help you to resolve corruption in your database.

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Troubleshooting and Preventing Database Corruption

The following Knowledge Base article contains the troubleshooting steps that Support Professionals follow when they try to recover a corrupted database.

For additional information about troubleshooting and about repairing an Access database, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283849 How to Troubleshoot and Repair a Damaged Access 2002 or later Database

Additional Troubleshooting Resources

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

For additional information about troubleshooting fatal errors, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
825444 How to troubleshoot fatal system errors in Access 2003 when Access 2003 is running on the Windows 2000 Operating System

Data Recovery

After you complete reading the troubleshooting articles that are listed earlier in this article, even if you still cannot recover your database, your data may be recoverable. There are a number of third-party companies that specialize in data recovery.

The following companies are known to specialize in data recovery. You may be able to find additional companies that specialize in this area by searching the Internet.

For additional information, visit the Action Front Data Recovery Labs Web site:
For additional information, visit the PK Solutions Web site:For additional information, visit the Web site:
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Technical Support from Microsoft Support Professionals

Microsoft Support professionals can help you walk through the steps that are included in the referenced articles. Although Support Professionals can help you troubleshoot your database, Microsoft cannot guarantee that an Access database can be recovered or that data can be recovered during this process. Because a Support Professional will be working with your database, support of this nature is considered Advisory Services level support.

Contacting Advisory Services

Microsoft Advisory Services is an hourly fee-based, consultative support option that provides proactive support beyond your break-fix product maintenance needs. This is a remote, phone-based support option that includes working with the same technician for assistance with issues like product migration, code review, or new program development. This service is typically used for shorter engagements, and is designed for developers and IT professionals who do not require the traditional onsite consulting or sustained account management services that are available from other Microsoft support options. For information on Microsoft Advisory Services, refer to this Microsoft Web site: