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VB6 Access Copy database


Im adding a backup feature to my program, and am needing to copy my database to a specified location.
Problem is im unable to close the database so im needing to know how to re-create the database at the specified location.

Any ideas?

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Easiest way to backup a access-database: Just copy the file to another location
(in vb:    
dim strFileNameOriginal as string
dim strFileNameBackup as string
strFileNameOriginal = "c:\YourPath\YourDatabase.mdb"
strFileNameBackup = "c:\Backup\YourDatabase.mdb"

FileCopy strFileNameOriginal, strFileNameBackup

Otherwise, you can take a look at:
With the help of this tool you can take backup of your MS-Access files and also restore the files.
With Auto backup facility and more. Try it.
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Also remember that it is NEVER a good idea to copy an in-use Access file (or any other file for that matter). In most cases it won't matter, but if you happen to copy that file at the same time as someone attempts to write to the database, you'll end up with a corrupt file - and the only thing worse than no backup is a corrupt backup :)

Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
place this codes in a regular module

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Private Declare Function CopyFile Lib "kernel32" Alias "CopyFileA" (ByVal lpExistingFileName As String, ByVal lpNewFileName As String, ByVal bFailIfExists As Long) As Long

Function fnc_CopyFile(ByVal sFromFile As String, ByVal sToFile As String) As Boolean

    Dim lRv As Long
    On Error Resume Next
    DoCmd.Hourglass True
    lRv = CopyFile(sFromFile, sToFile, True)
    If lRv = 0 Then
        MsgBox "File Copy failed.", vbCritical, "File Copy"
        fnc_CopyFile = False
        fnc_CopyFile = True
    End If
    DoCmd.Hourglass False
End Function

'pass the values to the function
LetsgetcodingAuthor Commented:

Yeah I have use FileCopy before but it didnt work out as if the Database was open which in most cases it is, I would get a permission denied error.

Will give these methods a go now.
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