Converting .SAV viles to .txt or .mdb format

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a very large .sav file which I'd like to read into Access.  I therefore need to convert it into a .txt or .mdb or .dbf format.  I do not have SAS software and have no need to purchase it.  While I am reasonably proficient at Access queries, I am not a C programmer.  I've read the answers to previous questions like this, and they require extensive programming skill, which it doesn't make sense for me to learn for a one-off conversion.
Question by:EdMosc
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    If you open the file with a text editor, does it make any kind of sense? Comma delimited, tab or other character delimited?

    If it does look readable, then it should be fairly straight forward to use Access or some other app to reprocess it to a different file format.

    If it doesn't then your choices are:
    1: Either have to buy or acquire a copy of the SAS Software
    2: Have whoever provided the data to convert it to some other format
    3: Learn some extensive programming skills.
    4: Hire out someone with extensive programming skills such as or for example.

    Author Closing Comment

    This was helpful because it told me that there was no solution, and saved potentially hours of looking in vain.
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    Sometimes the answer is not what we want to hear, but it makes it a lot easier to know that up front.

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