Are you facing performance issues with your Access database? If Yes then splitting an Access database is the best solution for you. Split an Access database is a process to reorganize your database into two files; one is front-end database and another is back-end database. Back-end database contains all the tables of database while front-end database contains all the other objects like forms, queries and reports. Users have their own local-copy of back-end database to interact with the front-end database.
Have you decided to split the database? Before you start splitting an access database; make sure following points:
- Backup the database: Backup helps you in the restoring of database in case you want to revert back.
- Stop all the operation of database: User database modifications will not be saved during split.
- Split a copied database: If database is on the network drive then copy it on the local drive of your computer/laptop and start with the copied database.
How to do it? You can split an Access database by following below steps:
- Open the copied database from your local drive where you have saved the copied database.
- Go to the Database Tool->Move data group and click on the Access database.
- Database splitter wizard will start.
- Now click on the split database.
- Give the name, file type & location for the back-end database file.
- Done message will be display.
Note: If your database is password protected, the new back-end database will be created without password and accessible to all the users. You will need to create a new password after split is done.
Benefits of it: It will improve the performance of your database along with availability, security, reliability & flexibility.
Availability: Now your database users can edit the data more quickly because only data is available on the network drive.
Reliability: Now your database is more reliable than ever before. If a user encounters any problem and database closes suddenly then corruption is limited to that user only because he was using the back-end database file with the linked table.
Flexibility: Now your users can develop their own forms, reports & queries without affecting the other database users.
Alternative: If you don't want to split your database to gain high performance then you have other options too.
- Share your database using SharePoint Site.
- Use your Access database with a database server like SQL server