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Lesson 30. Backing Up Your Data > Repairing Damaged Database Files

Repairing Damaged Database Files

Databases can become damaged in various ways, but the most common way is through a disk error on your system. Windows 98's ScanDisk program searches for and corrects such errors; you should run this program regularly to keep your computer's file system in good repair.

You can compact and repair your current database by selecting Tools, Database Utilites, Compact and Repair Databases. If your database is seriously damaged, you may not be able to open it. In most cases, when you try to work with a damaged database, Access detects it and offers to repair the database. But if your database is damaged and Access doesn't detect it, follow these steps to repair it:


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