SQL Server Import Wizard Error - External table is not in the expected format

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Good Day:

I am using SQL Server 2008 R2. I have an Excel file version 97-2003 Worksheet I am trying to import into SQL Server.  I do the following using the Import Wizard:

Data Source: Microsoft Excel
Excel Version: Microsoft Excel 97-2003

I select Next and get the following error message:
The operation could not be completed. External table is not in the expected format (Microsoft JET Database Engine)

Any suggestions?

Thank You,
Question by:DeniseGoodheart
    LVL 12

    Accepted Solution

    Hi Denise,

    Has the first row got the column names?
    Is the file corrupted perhaps, can you recreate it?

    Can you open the file using excel?
    If so, could you save it as a csv and then import to SQL using the wizard that way?

    LVL 16

    Expert Comment

    What version of excel is the file saved in?
    What version of SQL Server are you using?

    Author Comment

    Good Day:

    I saved the file as CSV, imported it as a flat file, and successfully imported the file.

    Thank You,

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