Errors that occur with Microsoft Access files, such as an MDB file, will prevent you from viewing and making changes to your database. A 3033 error may occur if an MDB file is corrupt or the size of the file has grown too large. Correct this problem using the Compact and Repair option, available in Microsoft Access, or a utility program called RegCure. The attributes of the MDB file may also be incorrect.
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- Moderately Easy
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Open the Microsoft Access program.
Select the Tools drop-down menu and select "Database Utilities." Click "Compact and Repair Database" to display the "Database to Compact From" dialogue box.
Select the MDB file that you want to compact and repair. Click "Compact" to continue.
Enter a name for the compacted MDB file in the text box. Include the name of the database, the drive on which to store the file and the location of the folder on the hard drive.
Click the "Save" button to begin compacting and repairing the MDB file.
Compact and Repair Database
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Click the "Download" button and save the file to your desktop. Double-click the downloaded file to install the program.
Double-click the RegCure icon on the desktop to open the program. Click the "Scan" option and wait for the program to scan your system.
Click "Fix Errors" to repair any problems that were found during the system scan.
Right-click on the MDB file and select "Properties" from the context menu.
Remove the check from the "Read Only" box at the bottom of the window
Click the "Apply" button to save the change and click "OK" to close the window.
Verify File Attributes
Tips and warnings
- Some types of errors can be corrected by reinstalling the Microsoft Access program.
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