Access 2002 default location

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I have been asked to backup the access 2002 database that in running on an xp computer. Where can j find this file. Where is the default location please
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Scott CSenior Engineer
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To check the default folder for Microsoft Access, follow these steps:

1.Start Microsoft Access and open any database.
2.On the Tools menu, click Options.
3.In the Options dialog box, click the General tab. Note the path in the Default Database Folder box.

Typically during Microsoft Access installation, the default folder is set to C:\My Documents, which represents the Microsoft Access Startup folder.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/208683

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Thank you scottha, I am definitely not a database person. Do you think if I take the database that was created with access 2002 and attached to her new access 2010 will work ? Wil she be able to read it?  Is is possible for you to assist me during this backup- migration process ...? Thank you...
Scott CSenior Engineer

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Follow these steps to convert an Access 2002 to 2010.

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Convert-a-database-to-the-accdb-file-format-69abbf06-8401-4cf3-b950-f790fa9f359c

And of course, always have a known good backup.
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS Liason
Most Valuable Expert 2012

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Also note that not all databases might live in the default folder.
At any time someone may have moved the database to another location.
To see where the actual database file is located:
Open the database.
Click: File
Click: View and edit database properties
Click the General tab, and look under "Location"

And also note that in a split configuration the front end (Forms, Reports, queries) will live on each users computer, ...and the back end (Linked tables) will typically be stored on a share folder on a network drive.
In any event the steps above will tell you whee the current db is stored.

JeffCoachman

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ok thank you everyone, finding the database was pretty easy. now how do I save it or how do I back it up ?

Can I just copy it to an exernal USB hard drive or do there is a procedure like when I backup emails ....that I so to export and I back it up as PST.file. ?

Which one is the proper way to do it... I tried to click on File and export but I wasn't successful :(

Thank you
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS Liason
Most Valuable Expert 2012

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There is also a backup utility:
Tools-->Database Utilities-->Back up Database.

You can also back it up quite simply by just copying the file to another location.
But in that case you may want to keep backups at regular intervals and save them with the date
YourDatabase2015-08-07.mdb
YourDatabase2015-08-08.mdb
...etc
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Top Expert 2014
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The other Experts have you straight on this, but to add a bit of detail:

Access databases are simply files, just like a Word document. If you save that file, you're saving the Access database.

Jeff's suggestion to use the builtin features are the most reliable.

That said - if you're moving this to a new version of Access, you might run into troubles. While newer versions of Access can often open and use older databases, in many cases you find that you'll have troubles. If the database is ONLY going to be used in the newer version, you're better off upgrading that database to match the new Access version. Access provides several utilities to do that, or you could just create a new database and import everything to that.

Is is possible for you to assist me during this backup- migration process ...? Thank you...
EE doesn't allow off-site assistance. Besides, the Experts here are all volunteer, and asking them to provide real-world assistance is a bit more than most are willing to do. You can hire some Experts for off-site tasks, but you cannot do so directly in the question threads.
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Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Scott brings up a valid point about versions.
(I did not catch he "Migration" aspect, of this Q)
I had to actually start up Access 2003 (I don't have 2002) for the first time in "years" to investigate this Q.
;-)
Please remember that Access 2002 is 13 year old technology...
There is currently an open Q here where a user is having difficulty running old code in the new environment, ...
...so be careful...

;-)

Jeff

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Commented:
Guys thank you very much for all your help. Following your instruction it was very easy to find the default location of the database. then I simply copied it as suggested by Jeffrey. I then converted following the tutorial provided by Scottcha.

I had no problem I am able to open the old database with the new access 2013. THe client has Acccess 2010 I hope I will still be able to open it with Access 2010 :) ?

Thank you again.

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