Slow performance while using Access is not an unusual problem and is quiet common for people working with it. Slowness can cause various problems while operating Access database like displaying errors while trying to open any file and in worse case not opening any files at all. It is therefore important to recover Access database in case of a slow performance which can cause hindrance to overall work and productivity.
Slowness issues while operating Microsoft Access is a common problem and the root cause of this is due to the large size of the Access database or corruption of files within the system. To ensure smooth functioning of Access and prevent any database problems you should compact the files on a regular basis. Removing unimportant data from the files can also help in solving the problem. However, deletion of unwanted data can even worsen the problem by creating patches of unused space which can cause data corruption. Due to this reason the Access database needs to be compacted on a regular basis to save the files from getting corrupted. It is better to take precautionary steps to prevent corruption of data and ultimately prevent the need to recover Access database.
Sometimes, the Access system will automatically update you to compact a database if the repair process fails on any .mdb or .accdb file. When you run a compact and repair process through the integrated “Compact and Repair” utility, it is not necessary that the process will always be a success. Moreover, the “Compact and Repair” utility can repair just part of the problem and cannot recover or compact most of the objects present in the database. It can at most recover forms, reports, macros and modules from the Access database and not other types of files. If you have other important data in the form of tables, queries, modules and primary and secondary indexes and want to get them back, you should take the help of third party recovery software like “Advanced Access Repair” to recover Access database items.
While trying to compact an Access database there is a possibility of encountering certain types of errors that usually occurs during a compact process failure. One such error is mentioned below:
“Err Number 3049. Err Desc: Cannot open database. Cannot be a database that your application recognizes, or the file may be corrupt. Quit application?”
If such an error happens to occur, Compact process gets terminated in between and the database remains unusable. In case of such a scenario you need to identify the root cause of the problem and recover your precious data by running external third party recovery software.
Database corruption can occur due to various reasons like hardware malfunction, virus infection, improper system shut down and user error. It is therefore necessary to maintain a proper back up of all the important files on a regular basis to prevent data loss. When you compact an Access file the system removes the existing file and replaces it with a compacted file.
To run the “Compact and Repair” utility to recover Access files you need to follow a few simple steps. On the ‘Tools’ menu look for ‘Database Utilities’ and then click ‘Compact and Repair Database.’ After this look for the ‘Database to Compact from’ dialogue box and select the file you want to compact and click ‘Compact.’ When the ‘Compact Database Into’ dialogue box appears, type a new file name and click ‘Save.’
This should do the trick and repair and compact your Access database. However, if the files are still not recovered you need to take the help of “DataNumen Access Repair” tool which is capable of recovering files that are not possible for the integrated utility to recover.