Access 2016 Automatically Creates Copies Upon Exit RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have an access database that is sometimes used by me and sometimes by my analyst.  The original file was called "Investments".  Then it created a new copy (by itself) called Database.  Every now and then it creates a new copy and the name is Database2, Databse3, Database4 (increase by 1 digit point each time).

    Why is this happening?  How can I stop this?  


    Monday, September 25, 2017 9:23 PM

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  • Hi Sharon,

    This could be a sign of possible corruption. You should immediately create a full backup of your database. What is happening is Access probably encounters and error it cannot recover from. So, the application tries to restart itself but it creates a backup copy in the process. The extra files is an indication of a recurring problem. If you have good backups of your application, you might want to replace the one you're using with a fresh copy.

    Just my 2 cents...

    Monday, September 25, 2017 9:44 PM
  • Hi Sharon,

    To check whether it is related with this specific database, I suggest you create a new database, will this issue exist?

    If it is related with this specific database, I suggest you check whether there is any code in it which creates the copy database.

    If possible, it would be helpful if you could share us your file.

    Best Regards,


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    Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:03 AM