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foxpro .dbf database error message

By donaldreynolds ·
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Hello folks,

I have a client, who received an error message when Foxpro application initiated, Foxpro v9.0 error msg: "Unrecognized Database Format".

My client reported, that he have had a power failure and the problem appeared after he rebooted PC.

It appears that foxpro database corruption caused by power failure.

Any suggestions, friends...

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Use Dbf database recovery

by Mauroa.jacobson In reply to foxpro .dbf database erro ...

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First of all try next method below...

by ericschweizer In reply to foxpro .dbf database erro ...

Attempt recovery only on a *copy* of the damaged file.

Can you be more specific about the database "corruption"? Does A4 just fail to open the bare .DBF file? Or does it open, but then shows gibberish in some of the records? Are the data "skewed" so that field data seems to spill over into an adjacent field? Does corrupt .DBF file be successfully and accurately copied to another disk or directory?

There are numerous utilities around that can automatically repair .DBF files, but you can still do some header repairs manually with a hex editor. In my experience, more often than not, the .DBF header gets corrupt, while most of the data are intact.

In one application that I used to maintain (not an A4 application, but one that also used a .DBF file), its favorite way of corrupting the database was to fail to save a valid record count in the header, making the database appear empty. Correcting the record count easily repaired this kind of database damage.

Alternative ways/resources...

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/37d68c03-c601-4cdb-bc26-ff3d920a2ec6/open-the-contents-of-a-damaged-dbf?forum=w7itproappcompat - the same issue like yours, but more opinions and solutions for corrupted .dbf file
https://dbf.recoverytoolbox.com (Recovery Toolbox for DBF) - restoration .dbf files of the most popular applications like dBase IV, Clipper, Foxpro, Visual Foxpro and etc.

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