What’s the best software for repairing a corrupt Access file?

load matts April 29, 2013

I am a Access user and maintain my whole database in MDB and ACCDB files.
Suddenly I got a error i.e. 3059 run time error.
Due to this i was not be able to open my access files.

Now I need a solution to recover my corrupted Access database. I’ve found many solutions like Access File Recovery, Repair Access Database and etc, but I don’t know hat is best. I don’t want to risk further damage, can anyone suggest a tool?


  1. reha andrew
    May 10, 2013 at 5:50 am

    For recovering your corrupt database file you can use an Access Database Recovery Software. This software will repair the corrupt database and will recover the necessary database file.

  2. dragonmouth
    May 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Ask your question on the Access Forum at http://www.tek-tips.com The site is run by professional programmers for professional programmers. If anybody can help you, they can.

  3. davegeeit
    May 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I would recommend RecoveryFix for Access repair software to Repair MDB and ACCDB database files that may get corrupt, damaged or inaccessible due to a number of unseen reasons.


  4. Steven Dale
    April 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    As mentioned above you should try the Microsoft recommended options first. See http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/access-help/compact-and-repair-an-access-file-HP005187449.aspx for further info.

  5. Oron Joffe
    April 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I've used the "Enterprise" version of Ontrack EasyRecovery and it was excellent, but it was expensive, and even the "home" version is not cheap, so you might want to try free or cheaper packages first. Paul makes an excellent point in that you should only work on COPIES of the file so you don't damage it further. At the end of the day, the "best" solution is the one that works for you, so don't be afraid to experiment with different packages.

  6. Chinmay Sarupria
    April 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Advanced Access Repair

  7. Alan Wade
    April 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

    There is a possible solution on the Microsoft site with the error number you quoted above:

  8. Bruce Epper
    April 30, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Have you tried to compact & repair the database? It is accessed in the 2007 version by clicking on the Office Orb - Manage -> Compact and Repair. In the resulting file selection dialog, choose the corrupt database file.

  9. Paul Pruitt
    April 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I don't have much experience recovering Access databases, but I can suggest that you make copies of your database and then try various trial solutions. Easus mentioned by Rajaa is for finding lost or deleted file such as an Access database, but it sounds like your database isn't lost, just corrupt.

    The owner of Online File Repair made a coupon available to my customers for a free recovery for any file type. For Access navigate to: https://online.officerecovery.com/access/. Follow the directions for a recovery, then on the results page scroll down until you see the field for coupon codes then enter "S2SERVICES". The database has to be under 300 MB. The coupon may run out after April 30th although there are indications he has already extended it for the rest of the year. The same company makes Recovery for Access: http://www.officerecovery.com/access/. The various "Recovery for Blah Blah" programs are usually pretty good.

    I would also suggest trying AccessFix, with whom I have an affiliate relationship: http://www.cimaware.com/info/info.php?id=622&path=main/products/accessfix.php.

    Certainly Advanced Access Repair thinks they are the best, showing on a graph, huge differences between it and the competition. It's probably an exaggeration to say the least. There other software is not that good in my experience see: http://www.datanumen.com/aar/, but heh if it is worth it to you, be systematic and try them too. Looking at their results, you can get the names of all the major players to try.

    You can also see the freeware links I collected regarding Access: http://legacy.s2services.com/access-toolsII.htm. However they are mostly for older Access databases although there are a couple toward the bottom for newer versions. I think all of the programs I list don't do anything but invoke Access' built in corrupt file handing applet, but I'm not sure about that.

    The relevant but maybe older Microsoft articles about Access corruption are listed here: http://accesstools.narod.ru/repair.html. Here is another free Access site with relevant corruption dealing freeware: http://www.datapigtechnologies.com/freeware.htm.

  10. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 30, 2013 at 1:48 am

    EaseUS and Priform are two of the most well respected company names for freewares and their products are always dependable and reliant. Fortunately, EaseUS have just the solution for you. Kindly refer to the page for instruction and download of the solution. It is http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/office-recovery-software/freeware-recover-microsoft-office-access-database-files.htm

    • Bruce Epper
      April 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

      The link you provided does not deal with corrupted database files, but files that have been deleted or the drive reformatred or repartitioned.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 30, 2013 at 5:00 am

      Sorry for misunderstanding the question. Thanks Bruce, for pointing it out to me. However, the above software may help him at future. :)

      However, now coming to the current problem, I think this software will help you : MDB Repair Tool from SkySof Software. You can download it from http://download.cnet.com/MDB-Repair-Tool/3000-2065_4-10692755.html

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 30, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Also you can look into Stellar Phoenix Access Recovery, though it is a priced product. http://www.stellarinfo.com/access-recovery.htm

    • Marble Berger
      May 29, 2013 at 6:03 am

      hmm for the recovery of corrupted access file you found solution that is Access File Recovery that is really appreciable solution.
      For more detailed information you can use the http://www.ms.accessfilerecovery.net/

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