Does Access Have A Size Limit?

Apr 3, 2007


I am working on something and have to link I think a few thousand tables from a "store bought" database here at work. Is there a limit in regards to access? I know they are just linking but I didnt know if Access gets nutty after a while...

Anyone encounter functionality breakdown due to size or complexity?


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Hi - I have searched this board and cannot find anything that has worked. I'm hoping someone can help and maybe I've just missed it somewhere on this board. Here's the thing:

I worked for 3 months on a MDB and got it working the way I needed. I then ran it for the date range I needed and apparently hit a file size limit. I got the "invalid arguement" error and immediately stopped the query and did a "compact and repair". It looked like the compact and repair worked but then the mdb did not come back up as it usually does. I closed Access and tried to re-open the mdb. Nothing happens! No error - no nothing. It just plain will not open. I then tried to compact and repair again but that will not work even when I select it as the mdb to compact and repair. I even tried to open a new, blank mdb and link to the mdb that won't go.

Does anyone have any suggestions on other things to try to get this to open again? Are the tables stored somewhere outside of the mdb that I can delete to make it smaller and open?? I'm grasping here..I know it..but i'm desperate to get this thing to open for me.

any help would be appreciated.


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The IT people told me that Access is not design to do this kind of work. I mention that it been running for over 7 years, with very few problems.
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