In this article, we examine four ways to recover deleted tables in MS Access database and tips to restore your database to proper functioning.
MS Access provides businesses with an easy way to create relational databases. However, just like other computer applications, such databases are not immune to human errors. Users can delete a database table by mistake. If quick interventions are not taken, such actions could lead to data loss.
1. Restore damaged database from backup files
The easiest thing to do when you delete a table in the MS Access database is to use your backup files to restore the deleted data. This means that no data will be lost. To achieve this, simply replace the damaged database with a copy of the backup file. Make sure that the backup file is good. ‘Compact & Repair’ the database to ensure its optimal performance.
2. Import the deleted tables from backup files
Instead of replacing the entire database, you can opt to import the deleted tables from the backup file. To complete this process, launch your database and select the ‘External Data’ tab. Click on the ‘Access’ option. This will open a dialog box that will allow you to choose the source file.
Choose the backup database as the source file then select the option to import objects such as tables and queries, then click ok. A new dialog box will appear. Select the ‘Tables’ tab and go to ‘Options’ to specify the features of the tables you wish to import. Now click ‘Ok’ to finish the import process.
3. Recreate new tables and move all objects to a new database
If you don’t have a backup for your database or if the available file doesn’t have the most recent data, you can opt to recreate a new table. Use the datasheet view to see the structure of the old table. You can copy and paste the structure to your newly created table.
In the case where you have a backup file that lacks the most recent records, copy the available records and paste them to the new table. Type in the missing records manually and create a new database. Now import the new table and other objects from the old database into the new one. This works well, especially if the old file had some corruption issues. You can now delete the old database and keep the new one.
4. Use specialized Access repair tools
The market is full of third-party applications that you can use to recover deleted tables in the Access database. However, you need to take time and choose an application that will increase the chances of recovering your data. For instance, DataNumen Access Repair is one of the top tools in the market for repairing and recovering deleted objects in the MS Access database.
To use this tool, download and install it on your computer. The good news is that it is compatible with all Windows operating systems and versions of MS Access. Remember to shut down MS Outlook and open the repair tool. Under the ‘Options’ tab, select the “Recover deleted tables” box. Now open the ‘Repair’ tab and choose the affected database as the source file. Specify the output parameters and click the ‘Start Repair’ button. Once the recovery process is over, you will get a notification message. Now open the output file and confirm whether your tables have been recovered.