Hello everyone!
My Access MDB file has "disappeared" from his documents folder. I haven't deleted it, I have checked recycle bin, system restored, searched and so on. No luck!

Any suggestions on what else I could do to recover the file?

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Last Post by erikko

I'm not sure that this is a DB question - more like a general OS question - go to the relevant forum (some flavour of Windows?).


First of all make a copy of your database file when Access is not running.

When an Access database file (mdb or accdb) is corrupt or damaged, then you can try several methods to repair and recover data from it:

  1. First of all, try compact & repair. Follow below steps:

For Access 2010, click Compact and Repair Database on the Database Tools ribbon.

For Access 2007, click the Office button (top left), then Manage.

For Access 95 - 2003, choose Database Utilities from the Tools menu.

  1. Second, if method 1 does not work then try to create a new Database and import all the objects from old database into new blank database.

  2. If nothing works, then you may use Access Fix Toolbox
    I hope i could help!


Read the post. It's disappeared not corrupt.


That happened to me and I also thought that the Access might have been compromised. Still I haven't retrieved the file.

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