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LARGE database recovery problems

I have  a user with a 2 gig database that refuses to open.  When she clicks on it it says not shut down properly and tries to fix it.  Then says theres not enough room to open it.  (The computer is a dual 1gig mac with about 80gigs free and 1.5gig of ram.)  I tried it on a pc and the same thing happened.  

So, went to recover- took 2 days and the same thing happens to the recovered database.  

Any ideas on how to recover the data?  I know very little about filemaker...but this data is pretty important.  The backup on my RAID is dead too.  (\Does filemaker have a size limit?)

TIA

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pazuzzu
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weedCommented:
I dont think filemaker has a physical size limit but it does have a record limit. Could be that she's hit it. Do you have a backup that is perhaps a few days older and minus a few records that you could try? If all your backups (pre-problem) exhibit the same error it's proably not an individual file problem unless you backed up a problem file. And youve tried it on different computers so its not an issue with the filemaker install or that particular computer. Is she running OS X or OS 9?
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pazuzzuAuthor Commented:
its os 9, i tried it on a pc...i can try it on os X and see if that changes anything.  Last i heard it was over 4 million records

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weedCommented:
Well, aparrently I had it backwards...It doesnt have a record limit but does have a file size limit....and guess what the file size limit is?....You guessed it, 2gb. 2GB is 2048 MB so find out exactly how much larger than that your current file is via the get info window. Look at the size that's in parenthesis, not the "X KB on disk". Now, this is gonna get tricky. Create a new database and using relationships bring in the data from the oversize database. Then duplicate the oversize database, bring its records into the new database via relationships, and delete them. You now have a blank copy of the old database that can either be used on its own or with the new database. Ideally you use the new database for entering all data because it will show all the records from BOTH the full database, and the new empty one.

http://www.a2soft.com/filemaker-pro-consulting.htm

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