C# StreamWriter and Encoding Problem when creating a file

I am trying to store an access database within a property in my class (as a string variable - is this correct? probably not!)

I can read the ms access db into my class using a streamreader but when I try to save the datbase back using a stream writer i get the following error:
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Found a high surrogate char without a following low surrogate at index: 716.  The input may not be in this encoding, or may not contain valid Unicode (UTF-16) characters. Parameter name: chars
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Here is my code for reading and writing the db:
Reading the database into my class:
System.IO.FileStream file = new System.IO.FileStream(dlgFile.FileName, System.IO.FileMode.Open, System.IO.FileAccess.Read);
System.IO.StreamReader reader = new System.IO.StreamReader(file);
MyClass myClass = (MyClass)tvwPasswords.SelectedNode.Tag;
myClass .Document = reader.ReadToEnd();

Writing back to a file:
System.IO.FileStream file = new System.IO.FileStream(dlgFile.FileName, System.IO.FileMode.Create, System.IO.FileAccess.Write);
System.IO.StreamWriter writer = new System.IO.StreamWriter(file);
writer.Write(myClass.strDocument);
writer.Close();
file.Close();

Any Solutions Welcome!
benwilliamsonAsked:
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Gautham JanardhanCommented:
instead of storing into a string i would prefer byte stream.. excatly why are u storing this in a string
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benwilliamsonAuthor Commented:
Hi - thanks, yes you are right, a byte array did the trick.  I used a binaryreader/writer instead too and it seems to work - cheers.
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