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FREE MDB Repair Tool

    Question

  • I am using a commercial program which used access files. It's apparent these have gone corrupt and the developer repair tool is not working.  Is there a free tool (we are a non profit) I can try against this mdb file? Thank you.

    Friday, January 25, 2013 4:31 PM

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  • Personally I don't believe in free tool as it may end my PC with virus. So I look for a cheap and good software. For mdb repair, I have bought one before, It cost me a bit but working very well. The good thing is that it's one time payment and then it allows me for forever. Take a look if you do not mind paying a bit to repair your files.

    Link: www.repair-access-file.com

    • Marked as answer by jpascone Monday, January 28, 2013 3:56 PM
    Monday, January 28, 2013 5:26 AM

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  • Microsoft has one that might work, and yes, it is free. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295334?wa=wsignin1.0


    Bill Mosca
    www.thatlldoit.com
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MS_Access_Professionals

    Friday, January 25, 2013 4:40 PM
  • Before investing too much time and energy in repairing the db, why not just restore a backup?

    Daniel Pineault, 2010 Microsoft MVP
    http://www.cardaconsultants.com
    MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net

    Friday, January 25, 2013 9:24 PM
  • Personally I don't believe in free tool as it may end my PC with virus. So I look for a cheap and good software. For mdb repair, I have bought one before, It cost me a bit but working very well. The good thing is that it's one time payment and then it allows me for forever. Take a look if you do not mind paying a bit to repair your files.

    Link: www.repair-access-file.com

    • Marked as answer by jpascone Monday, January 28, 2013 3:56 PM
    Monday, January 28, 2013 5:26 AM
  • No there are not. 

    • Edited by Alex kooc Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:09 PM
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:12 PM
  • Actually there are., I'll try to dig a few links up.  

    Have you simply tried creating a new blank db and importing everything?
    Have you tried a decompile, compact, recompile?
    What error are you getting that makes you think it is corrupt?
    What is the file size of the database?

    Also, 200$ is steep for a paid version.

    Be leery of paid links as these are usually made by business salemen, owner, who have a vested interest in pushing their products.  Be sure to do some research before making a purchase.


    Daniel Pineault, 2010 Microsoft MVP
    http://www.cardaconsultants.com
    MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:38 PM
  • With so many suggestions to repair the database, I will add one more: Suggest you make a least a back-up copy (or a few copies) of the database file, even in corrupted state.

    When you attempt one of the suggested methods, always try with a fresh copy.  A previous attempt to repair may change the file structure and create more corruptions and thus, it is best to use a fresh copy.

    At least, with this method, you have the same starting point for each attempt and each method has equal chance of success.

    Finally, if you need to use commercial recovery services, you can also give them the same starting point that has not been corrupted further.

       


    Van Dinh

    Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:36 AM
  • What kind of network do you have?  Where I used to work, you could right-click > Properties > Previous Versions and get a backup from there.  That was extremely useful, when I got into a tight spot a couple times!!!


     


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.





    • Edited by ryguy72 Friday, February 3, 2017 10:41 PM
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:46 PM
  • Here's one free tool you can try:

    http://www.fathsoft.com/MdbDataRecoverer.zip

    (it's based on a code from ErnestoNet's CodeProject article )

    It can restore databases which "Jet compact utility" refuses to open.

    Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:15 PM
  • Here's one free tool you can try:


    Hi,

    When I try to run this application, it displays below error message:

    "This application has failed to start because MFCMdbTools.dll was not found. Re-instaling the application may fix this problem."

    Tried Re-installing 3 times but same error.

    Thanks

    Monday, April 6, 2015 4:58 AM
  • I suggest you contact the site that offers the application.

    Bill Mosca
    www.thatlldoit.com
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MS_Access_Professionals

    Monday, April 6, 2015 2:52 PM
  • It's not free, but I've heard that Cimaware's tools are pretty good. Check out my blog post about their tools:

    http://geek-goddess-bonnie.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-fix-for-corrupted-office-files.html


    ~~Bonnie DeWitt [C# MVP]

    http://geek-goddess-bonnie.blogspot.com

    Friday, June 19, 2015 10:55 PM
  • Becky - Compacting will repair a database to a certain point, but many times you have to do more than that. If the entire database is not corrupt usually importing everything into a new, blank database will clean up most of the broken indices and metadata. Decompiling the front end can also recover torn code pages.

    But all this has already been discussed here.


    Bill Mosca
    www.thatlldoit.com
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MS_Access_Professionals

    Thursday, June 2, 2016 3:32 PM