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Corrupt Record in Access Table

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by punster, Feb 3, 2005.

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  1. punster

    punster Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 1999
    A record in the table has gotten very corrupted with garbage data. I have tried every trick I can think of to delete the record from the table - and no matter what I do I get the message "Search Key not found in any record" I have gone through and changed the data for all relationship fields, but then I get the message "Invalid Argument". I have tried deleting the relationships and I have also tried deleting all the data on the record and still can not delete the record itself. I even tried writing a delete record query, but that also failed with the same error. Then I tried to copy the table so I could try to get rid of the record by forcing a duplicate, but it won't even let me make a copy of the table - when I try to paste I get the "Invalid Argument" error. Anybody know any tricks as to how to get rid of a corrupt record?
  2. flixx


    Jan 11, 2005
    To Punster:
    My money says your using referential integrity and i know all the ac export
    say thats what it is for, well you got lesson one, never use it. What i'm
    speaking about is table analyze. But to solve the sticky wicket your in
    try the following steps:
    1. create a blank database.
    2. close the database for now
    3. open your original database
    4. look under tools - relationships
    5. remove your relationships
    ps. if it were me id leave them undone, but thats where me and
    ac exports differ in opinion. I've been using ac since 1.0 and
    was sucked into to misbelief by book writers with no real world
    experience and payed a heavy price for stupidity. I handle all
    referential integrity thru query's and programming. But i never
    built a database with less than 50 or more tables either, thats
    the real world.
    6. now close the database
    7. open your blank database and recreate the table with fields
    manually and do not create any key fields for now. Save table.
    8. now open the original database with blank still open and open
    the table in datasheet view. highlight and copy say 20 records
    at a time and then do a paste append. close the table and then
    reopen and to make sure there are no bad issues. If none continue
    till all records are transfered.
    9. now here is the tricky part, i would close the new database and
    then delete the table from my original database, close then reopen
    the database and import the table from the blank database. If old
    murphy is smiling things should work fine from that point on.
    10. If you still are getting errors then close the original database and
    starting with tables import them into the blank database, then
    your querys, forms, reports, macros and so on. Do not try to do
    this whole hog that is everything at once or old murphy will crash
    your party.
    Thats how to resolve bad things in ten easy steps, i experienced the
    same issue one time upgrading from that bad ac97 version to ac2k.
    Believe me ac97 was nothing to brag about, drove the ms/ac tek support
    up a wall, they hated to get ac97 calls at the time, always suggesting, you
    do a upgrade. Anyway I hope this bit of advice helps, flixx.
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