How to Recover MS Access Data from a Crashed Operating System

In this article, we look at the scene where the OS crashes, thereby compromising the Access data stored on it. We also look at specialized tools for extracting the Access files.

Owing to several parts that go in making a computer work, it is hardly a surprise that a computer OS crash can occur at any point in time. From a hard disk failure to a debilitating issue with system memory can lead to a computer crash. Now if you had MS Access files stored in the crashed system and wish to recover the same, use the steps mentioned below to achieve the same.

Recover Access Data from Crashed Operating System

Step 1: Connect Hard Drive to a Different Machine – Identify whether your hard drive is Functional

The first step you need to look at while trying to get back Access data from a crashed machine involves checking whether the hard drive is in working condition. To do so connect the hard drive as a slave drive on a different machine and try to read its contents. If you are able to view files on it, then just copy the Access files to a new machine. In some cases, the hard drive may not work at all. If the hard drive is simply not detected (check if it is getting detected in the bios during the start-up process), you may need to send in the drive to a data recovery service.

Step 2: Try to open the Access files in Normal fashion in the new machine

In the new machine, first, ensure MS Access is installed and then open the recently copied Access files in a normal fashion. If it does not open, recheck the MS Access version installed on the new machine.

Step 3: Use the Compact and Repair feature present in MS Access

If the Access files do not open up despite having the same version of MS Access present in the new machine, you need to look at performing a recovery operation by using the Compact and Repair option present in MS Access. To do so, just follow the steps listed below

  • Launch the MS Access application and then click on the Database Tools tab
  • Next move to the Tools group
  • Here you will find the Compact and Repair Option
  • Select the compromised file and use the onscreen instructions to recover Access data.

Step 4: Use a Specialized Access recovery tool

In some cases, it is better to use a specialized Access recovery tool like DataNumen Access Repair to get back your data in perfect shape. This powerful utility is capable of bringing back all data elements stored in MS Access files, including reports and Indexes with effortless ease. Further, the tool can also serve as a regular maintenance utility as it can break up large files into smaller ones when needed.

Author Introduction:

Vivian Stevens is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including mdf repair and excel recovery software products. For more information visit

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