MS Access Error “The Search Key was not found in Any Record”

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Published: 26th January 2010
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Are you facing problem while making design changes in MS Access database .MDB file? If yes, then this article would be helpful for you to deal with such problems and errors. Many of you must have noticed that sometimes when you try to store design changes in new object or when you compact the database in Access, you get annoying error message every time when you repeat the process.

Generally, following error message appears

"The search key was not found in any record"

If you look furthermore and note, you may see some database objects listed in the database window, despite of failure of saving attempt. Confused! How come object is showing when it's not saved? Going ahead now when you try to open the same database object, you may get the following error message:

"The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot find the object 'object name'. Make sure the object exists and that you spell its name and path name correctly."

On appearance of this error message, your Access .MDB database gets quit unexpectedly and becomes totally inaccessible. You fail to open the database and hence access to database is lost.

Cause to this behavior of MS Access

This error message generally occurs due to corruption in MS Access database .MDB file. Due to the corruption, the database Jet Engine can't find the database object required to initialize the database.

Resolution to this error

To fix this error, you can use inbuilt Access database utility known as "Compact and Repair".

You can perform it by following these steps:

1.Open the MS Access.

2.Click on Tools from menu bar.

3.Select 'Database Utilities -> Compact and Repair Database'. This utility compact the new database with existing database and repairs it.

We can just hope that above method works well, with no interruption. The fact is this 'Compact and Repair' utility works in some cases of database corruption and usually fails in high degree corruption cases. But not to worry, if you don't get the desired results from this tool, you can contact access recovery tool.

Access recovery tools are third party data recovery tools that are quite efficient in dealing with all kind of Access database corruption issues and errors. There are many special software programs available that are designed to repair and restore the corrupted access database.

These Access recovery tools repairs the corrupted database objects including forms, tables, queries and macros and restore them without modifying the original contents. They repair Access databases of Microsoft Access 97, 2000, 2003 versions. Demo version of tool is available for FREE and easy download. With demo, you get the idea regarding the recovery of Access data. If satisfied, you can go for buying Access Recovery software.

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