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Access database size limit?  2GB?

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I've been receiving a "database may be corrupt" error, when trying to run a query on a large database.

The size is approximately 2GB,  and when I do a "compact and repair" on the database, it usually allows me to finalize what I was trying to do previously.

Is there a size limit on Access databases.  I thought that 2GB would be fine, but apparently not.
If I store all my data in a different Access database, and simply link to those tables...will I run into the same problem?

Thanks for any help!
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2GB IS ... the size limit, include all System objects.
When you approach that limit, it's like approaching a black hole - seriously.

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"If I store all my data in a different Access database, and simply link to those tables...will I run into the same problem?"

Your app s/b split ... Front End with all objects EXCEPT tables, and a Back End - just tables.
FE is Linked to BE tables.

This likely will reduce the size ... and dramatically improve performance and reliability.

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Thanks guys!  That answered my question.
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