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How to change file .mde to file .mdb?.

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I've a file .mde extend has been encoded in MS Access. I want to convert that .mdb file for reading DB. Could u help me that how to exchange that?
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by:GRayL
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You can't. Period. That's it!
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by:Jim Horn
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The above answer is correct.   Your only hope here is to find the .mdb that created it, and work from there.
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Perhaps worthwhile to check:
http://www.everythingaccess.com/mdeunlocker_faqs.htm

Nic;o)
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<<http://www.everythingaccess.com/mdeunlocker_faqs.htm>>

  They also offer a MDE to MDB recovery service, but you must be carefull.    While it is technically possible to do so, no one has ever invested the time to come up with the decompiler to do it.   This company however can read the p-code well enough to re-code the app (take a read through the FAQ).  Note I said "re-code".  It's not a direct conversion.

  I believe they are working on the decomplier and getting closer to an automatted solution, but at the present time they understand it well enough to re-code it.

JimD
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  One additional note; this is a service, not the unlocker.  And I believe the service is actually being done through another company.  If I remember correctly, the first group offering the service was from Russia.  I don't remember it being the everything Access group.

JimD.
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by:tinhlahan
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Hi all!
thanks for ans question of me.
I find a program in website www.everythingaccess.com  but i can't uses because i haven't serial.
This is program name: Access MDE Unlocker 3.20
 however i can't uses it
another way i uses tools add in (Mde2Mdb2k.zip Add ) but link die
Pls help me.
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by:GRayL
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tinhlahan:  As I said at the beginning, anticipating you wanted a zero cost solution - you can't.  You have a compiled program something.mde.  It cannot be decompiled without the source code. Period.  The End!  Unless you have an army of elves - who work 24/7 - for nothing - and you have all the time in the world.
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I know sometimes the answer is sometimes not what you want to hear - but don't shoot the messenger!
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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tinhlahan,

Also, do some sniffing around. The original MDB file might still be on a drive somewhere waiting for you to find it.
:)

Try doing a full Network search of the file name WITHOUT the extension:

So if the MDE file is named:  CompanyDatabase.mde

Do a full network search of:  CompanyDatabase

Some DBA simply rename the original DB something like:
CompanyDatabase.src
or
CompanyDatabase.saf

So your search might catch it

Also search any old removable backup media like Tapes, CD's or DVD's.

Lastly, try to contact the original developer

Worth a try

Good luck!
:)

jeffc
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<I want to convert that .mdb file for reading DB>

Do you mean you want to read the DATA in the .mde file? If so, you can do this without converting it to the .mdb format. Tables in an .mde formatted file can be read just like they can in a .mde formatted file, assuming you have the necessary permissions to do so, that is.
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