My name is Frank Miller. Thank you for using the Microsoft Access
Simply opening the database file would not corrupt it unless the file was
being opened in another application such as Word, which would definitely
corrupt the database.
When opening a database in the Access user interface, if we receive the
"The database is in an unexpected state. Microsoft Access can't open it.
This database has been converted from a prior version of MS Access by using
the DAO compact database method instead of the convert database command on
the tools menu (database utilities sub menu). This has left the database in
a partially converted state. If you have a copy of the database in its
original format, use the convert database command on the tools menu
(database utilities submenu) to convert it."
..we may not be able to convert the database. This message is usually due
to some corruption that has occurred in the database's project (forms,
reports, macros, modules).
To address this issue we should use standard corruption troubleshooting to
see if the problem can be corrected. However, more than likely, all
attempts to recover it will fail with the same error. In some cases, you
can recover the Jet database objects (tables and queries) by creating a new
database and using DAO code to bring the objects over. Even though you
cannot save the project items, at least the user may be able to recover
their data and queries. To use this technique, follow these steps:
1. Make a backup copy of the original database.
2. Start Microsoft Access.
3. Create a new, blank database.
4. Press ALT+F11 or on the Insert menu, click Module to launch the Visual
Basic Editor in a separate window, and will create a new module for you.
5. On the Tools menu, click References. This will display a References
6. Scroll down through the list, and check the box next to "Microsoft DAO
3.6 Object Library".
7. Click OK to close the References dialog box.
8. Copy and paste the following code into the new module that is open on
Dim dbCorrupt As DAO.Database
Dim dbCurrent As DAO.Database
Dim td As DAO.TableDef
Dim tdNew As DAO.TableDef
Dim fld As DAO.Field
Dim fldNew As DAO.Field
Dim ind As DAO.Index
Dim indNew As DAO.Index
Dim qd As DAO.QueryDef
Dim qdNew As DAO.QueryDef
Dim strDBPath As String
Dim strQry As String
'Replace the path below to the path of the corrupted database
strDBPath = "C:\My Documents\Appraisals.mdb"
On Error Resume Next
Set dbCurrent = CurrentDb
Set dbCorrupt = OpenDatabase(strDBPath)
For Each td In dbCorrupt.TableDefs
If Left(td.Name, 4) <> "MSys" Then
strQry = "SELECT * INTO [" & td.Name & "] FROM [" & td.Name &
"] IN '" & dbCorrupt.Name & "'"
dbCurrent.Execute strQry, dbFailOnError
Set tdNew = dbCurrent.TableDefs(td.Name)
'Recreate the indexes on the table
For Each ind In td.Indexes
Set indNew = tdNew.CreateIndex(ind.Name)
For Each fld In ind.Fields
Set fldNew = indNew.CreateField(fld.Name)
indNew.Primary = ind.Primary
indNew.Unique = ind.Unique
indNew.IgnoreNulls = ind.IgnoreNulls
'Recreate the queries
For Each qd In dbCorrupt.QueryDefs
If Left(qd.Name, 4) <> "~sq_" Then
Set qdNew = dbCurrent.CreateQueryDef(qd.Name, qd.SQL)
MsgBox "Procedure Complete."
This code should import all tables and queries from the damaged database
into the current database. Note that this solution does not take secured
databases into effect, so additional code to create workspaces, etc may be
needed if the database has been secured.
I hope this helps! If you have additional questions on this topic, please
reply to this posting.
Regards, Frank Miller
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