Alternatives to MS Access

I am running into a problem with filesize limitations with my version of MS Access (2010). I know I can link tables between databases, however, I am still curious to know if there are any other simple/low-cost database software options available that might not have the 2 GB limitation?

Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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dougf1rAsked:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
First off, are you running a Split configuration?
Tables only in a Back End, and everything else (Forms, Queries, Reports, Macros, Code) in a Front End  ...?

mx
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
With OpenOffice Base you can configure the hsqldb.cache_file_scale property.

This property can be set to 8 to increase the size limit of the .data file from 2GB to 8GB.

Other than that, setup SQL and link to it.
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dougf1rAuthor Commented:
I am starting with a blank database.

I have around a dozen .csv files (created by someone else) to import. Some of the individual .csv files are just over 1 GB each (which fail during import), and most of the others are about 0.5 GB each.

It seems that a 0.5 GB .csv import results in a 1 GB Access file (compacted & repaired). Which is probably why the 1.1 GB files are failing on import.
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mbizupCommented:
Assuming that you have a split database as mx described, that you have been compact/repairing your database to no further avail, and that you are looking for increased file size for the back-end (tables), SQL Express is a good free option:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/editions/2012-editions/express.aspx
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dougf1rAuthor Commented:
Thanks ThinkSpace.

Can you provide some general guidance on how to "configure the hsqldb.cache_file_scale property"? In other words, how is this property accessed?
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dougf1rAuthor Commented:
Thanks mbizup.

Just so I am clear, I can setup my back-end data in SQL Express and link to it from MS Access the same way I would add a link table between two Access DBs?
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
The property=value line (hsqldb.cache_file_scale=8)should be added to the .properties file before opening the database.

As far SQL and Access - Link to SQL Server Data
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dougf1rAuthor Commented:
Great. Thanks everyone, I will explore these alternatives.
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