MDBRecovery Tutorial

Using MDBRecovery - 'Remove Access Security'

MDBRecovery Tutorial

MDBRecovery is very simple and easy to use. The main interface of MDBRecovery is shown below :

MDBRecovery Main Screen

Step 1: Select the folder where you want to save recovered file (by clicking the '...' in the Destination Folder). 

Step 2: Click the 'Recover' button to locate your MDB file.

Step 3: Do you have the workgroup file associated with the MDB file? 

             Select Workgroup File

             If you have the workgroup file associated with the MDB file, click Yes and then select the workgroup file. If you do not have access to the workgroup file, select no. 

Step 4: Recovery will start and you will see some messages on the main windows similar to the screenshot below:

Recovery in progress...

When recovery has completed, you will see a screen similar to the screenshot below indicating objects in the secured database that have been recovered. 

Recovery Completed

Step 5: Open the recovered database in Microsoft Access (the recovered database will be in the destination folder you selected in step #1).

FAQ's and Error messages :  

  • "MDBRecovery reads through the MDB file without finding any objects" --
    This may be because the MDB file is partially or fully corrupt. Please fill in a request at to send us corrupted files for a free analysis. A charge will apply for the manual recovery of your file. This service is available free of charge to Enterprise users for the lifetime of the product (Maximum: 5 databases in the first year of purchase only).  
  • You are asked for a Username/Password:
    You may be using a secured workgroup. It is recommended that you create and join a new workgroup prior to running MDBRecovery. To create a new workgroup, please follow the instructions on this page.
  • "Run-time error '9':
    This happens if you choose a destination folder that is on the root of a drive (e.g. C:\, D:\). The solution is to choose a sub folder like C:\TEMP\

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