Recover Deleted or Lost MDB Files on Windows and Mac

Specialized Microsoft Office file recovery tools like Remo are here to make the tedious process of recovering Microsoft Access Database files, also known as .mdb files that were deleted, lost, or missing from any version of Windows or Mac or any external storage device, easier.

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Written by John Harris / Updated on August 14, 2023

Microsoft Access Database (.MDB) is Microsoft Access’s own file format. Microsoft provides this file to help users in managing data. However, losing an MDB file is very common as it may get overwritten, or you may have accidentally moved it to Recycle Bin. When you try to open the .mdb file manually with the help of the Microsoft Access program, you may see a prompt; “> F:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-93802578-1502995298-2439517820-1000\$RR9R7V2 >>” or with any similar message that refers to a path that will help you navigate to the location of MDB file.

This means that your MDB file has been moved to Recycle Bin or hidden within the Registry editor application, which cannot be accessed normally. But worry no more, as the lost MDB file or any other deleted files from the Windows system or Mac machine can be easily found with the help of professional file recovery software like Remo File Recovery Software. Also, you can find lost MDB files with the help of a free method mentioned within.

How Do You Lose MDB File?

  • MDB files are stored in C: drive where the system Operating System is installed. If a virus severely attacks the system or if the C: drive is inaccessible, your MDB file will be lost.
  • A human error like the user might have accidentally deleted the MDB file while trying to delete other unwanted files.
  • If there were interruptions while copying or transferring the file, the MDB file partially loses data, making it inaccessible or hidden. Thus, your MDB file is lost.

Apart from the generic reasons, you may lose MDB files due to partition errors, severe corruption in .mdb files, or Microsoft Access program errors. In such cases, file recovery software is highly recommended, as the .mdb file cannot be restored with the help of a free method. With the assistance of Remo Recover, the lost file can be filtered and quickly restored. This MDB file recovery software can also restore files lost due to partition formatting. Moreover, the software work in a read-only mode that keeps your files unaltered on the storage drive.

If you are not suffering from partition errors or severe corruption, here are two methods to restore lost Microsoft Access Database files.

How To Recover Microsoft MDB Files?

Method 1: Restore Your Lost MDB File For Free

Search for Command Prompt on your computer and run the program as an administrator. If you do not choose Run as administrator, you cannot copy the lost MDB file back to your computer. Once the utility opens, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Copy-paste the path (> F:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5-21-93802578-1502995298-2439517820-1000\$RR9R7V2 >>) that was prompted while trying to manually find the .mdb file in the program and hit Enter.

Step 2: Replace the “dir / ah” with “dir” and now you will be able to view the lost MDB files.

Step 3: With the help of CMD, copy the file and paste to a healthy directory.

Step 4: Go to My Access program and browse the MDB file that has been copied. Your lost MDB file should have been restored.

However, not every user knows how to copy the lost .mdb files using Command Prompt and may be confused while trying to follow the process. Hence, other files or folders may get deleted or overwritten if the path or the copied code has not been entered correctly. This potential risk can be avoided with the help of lost file recovery software to recover files from Windows. Read the next section to know more.

Method 2: Recover Deleted or Lost MDB Files Using Remo File Recovery Software

Remo File Recovery Software is an award-winning software known for its self-explanatory straightforward interface, which lets even the most novice computer user perform .mdb file recovery with absolute ease.

One of the tool's best features is the Add File Type feature. This lets users only recover the .mdb files from the computer or any other external storage device without recovering any other type of files.

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Steps To Recover Deleted or Lost MDB Files From Windows or Mac Systems Using Remo

  1. Download and Install the software on your Windows or Mac.
  2. Launch the tool and select the folder from where you want to recover the MDB Files and click on Scan.
  3. select the location from where you want to recover the deleted mdb files and click on the scan button

  4. The tool will initiate Quick Scan. Once the Quick Scan is completed, the tool will automatically run Deep Scan, through which you can simultaneously recover the files while Deep Scan is running with the help of Dynamic Recovery View.
  5. click on the dynamic recovery view option to view the mdb file recovery process

  6. The tool will display the recovered MDB files on your screen. You can use the Preview option to view the .mdb files.
  7. Select the MDB files you want to recover, click on the Recover button, and select a location to save the recovered .mdb files in any location you choose.
  8. successful restoration of the recovered mdb files

The recovered .mdb files will be restored to your chosen selected location. You can also use this tool to recover various types of Microsoft Office files, Excel files, RTF documents, PDF files, and many more from Windows and Mac computers and Windows Server and 1000+ storage devices.

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