One of the rules of protecting your work and data is backing it up. We learned it from the first computer science class and we all do it, whether it’s saving your vacation photos on a flash disk or burning a cd with the latest book you wrote. This also applies to databases: using a back-up easily protects against any data loss. Plus, by reverting to an older version you can "undo" actions that the command "undo" is not able to help you with.
Note: the tutorial only talks about how to back up a database. If the records keep growing regularly you can consider archiving an older database, when you can move older records from a table in an active database to a table in an archive database. Also, you can use software which performs automatic backups of a file system.
Important: consider doing the backup before you run an active query which will delete or change records because Undo cannot fix any change done by that manner. In general, it’s advisable to back-up the database right after you populated the tables and before you run any query.
Tip: for best protection, copy the back-up file on a device you keep off site. For example I back up my work regularly on a flash disk which is attached to my key chain.
Consider the following situation to decide whether you should or shouldn’t back-up:
Microsoft Access 2007 saves and closes every object open in Design View. It also compacts and repairs the database and then saves a copy in the location you specify and using the name you choose. After the back-up is done, Microsoft Access 2007 reopens the objects closed earlier.
Typically, a split database consists of two database files: a back-end database, which contains only data in tables, and a front-end database, which contains links to the tables in the back-end database, plus all the queries, reports, etc.
To back it up, you can need to back up both the back-end and front-end. Make sure to back up more often the back end since it contains the data. The steps are exactly the ones presented above. Back-up the front-end database right after you make ANY design changes.
See the article on Splitting A Microsoft Access Database for more details.
Microsoft Access is an application used to create small and midsize computer desktop databases for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. It can also be used as a database server for a web-based application.
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