Windows 10: How to open Access from the old drive?

  1.    19 May 2017 #1

    How to open Access from the old drive?

    I have a client that had an employee intentionally permanently delete their work off a laptop.
    This employee also uninstalled the programs associated with some of the data. Using data recovery software I was able to recover everything that had been deleted that had not been over-written.
    I was able to recover some files that had been partially overwritten and figured that more than likely this would corrupt data files so they would not open.
    So far I have been able to open most of the Excel files and Word documents. I have not however been able to open any of the Access Databases. I have tried opening the Databases with Access 2007 and with OpenOffice in hopes that I could access the data and possibly resave it.
    I still have the old drive that I can extract data from and have specifically searched the deleted data for these Access Databases and made sure that I was getting one that was 100% intact. I was still unable to open these databases to view. I receive an error message that the database is in an unrecognized format in both Microsoft Access and OpenOffice. I really need to be able to access some of this data if not all of it, any help would be appreciated.
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  2. jl2509's Avatar
    Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       19 May 2017 #2

    Hi There

    I had a similar problem with old DBs

    It is mainly down to the version of access which they were created/saved.

    I had to install an older version of access and save the files as new format to be able to open them in a newer access version.
    I know you should be able to open the files and convert or save as, but it did not work for me either...

    Try installing a 2010 version

    Hope this helps
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  3. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       19 May 2017 #3

    It also depends on whether the database has multiple MDB files (Front-end and Back-end databases) and any other ODBC data sources, and the way the paths to the various components are stored. Without documentation it can be a nightmare to unravel how an Access database needs to be laid out in order to function fully.
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