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Help!!! All of a sudden my access database won't open anymore, it says it is corrupt. What should I do?

Is there an autosaved file somewhere that is before it was corrupted?
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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From Access without any database open try to compact and repair (long shot but may work). If you don't have an earlier copy (no, there's no auto recovery) make a new database and see if you can import your objects and data from the former database.

Kelvin
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by:cansevin
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Compact and repair didn't work... this is really not good. I haven't made a copy in a week and there is a lot of data that has been entered on it.
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by:cansevin
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When I open it, a box comes up saying it can find a form, when I hit OK it appears to be cycling through all the forms.
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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What happens if you try and open the database while holding the shift key down until opening finished - does that take you to the database windows (where you see all tables, queries etc....)
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What version of Access are we using here?
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Access 2007
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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Have you tried the import to another database - try importing the tables only in the first instance, then the queries
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The shift button didn't work... how do I import the tables?
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Kelvin Sparks earned 500 total points
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From menus, click external data and follow your nose. Have to head out for a couple of hours.
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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I trust in doing this all came right? It does highlight the need for regular backups or copies. Also "splitting" the database ( data in a back-end and the rest in a user frontend will reduce the possibility of loosing everything if a form or some VBA corrupts the container.

I'm glad it all worked out for you.

Kelvin
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