Convert dBase to Access

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dBase to Access conversion using Full Convert

Full Convert is super-easy to use and will migrate your dBase database to Access in no time. When you need power, you will find powerful customization features, built-in scheduler, ability to run custom SQL scripts and many other fantastic features. Click here to learn more.

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Getting started with dBase to Access migration

Purpose of this tutorial is to show you basic use of Full Convert in migrating dBase to Access. To learn about advanced features such as built-in scheduler, data type customization, project customization rules, per-table column mapping, logging, options etc., take a look at the Full Convert project page and read all about it.

Let's do your first database conversion. Click on the New database conversion link, or click on the New button on the ribbon above.

Start new project

Project wizard will lead you through everything you need to set up your conversion

There are just 4 screens in our project wizard - and the last one is actually just a confirmation. We wanted to make it super-easy even for non-technical people.

1. Connect to your source dBase database

We will choose dBase and FoxPro (DBF) from the list of available database formats. Both dBase and FoxPro use DBF file format for their database table files. Just type-in the folder containing your dBase database tables, or click the ellipsis button on the right and Full Convert will display Browse for Folder dialog.

Connection to source dBase database
2. Connect to your target Access database

From the list of available target database engines, we'll choose Access. You can simply click ellipsis (...) button to select MDB or ACCDB database file. It depends on the version of your database. Access 2007 databases are contained in ACCDB files, while earlier versions are contained in MDB files. If your Access database is protected, fill-in your password as well. In case you use Access workgroups and security, you will need to also find your system database and specify username/password for it.

Connections to target Access database
3. Table selection

We will now select tables for conversion. All tables in the right list will be converted from dBase to Access - please note that you can count rows of tables to easily see where data actually resides. Clicking

Unselect empty moves all empty tables to Do not convert list.

Select your dBase tables to convert
4. Summary

You have now provided everything needed for conversion to begin.

Simply press the Convert! button to start it.

Alternatively, you can opt to browse your target database instead and postpone conversion. As Full Convert has full-fledged database/data explorer built-in, we will show you all the tables in the target database. You can even open any table and see its contents. You would typically do this immediately after the conversion, but it's handy if you want to set up project and save it without running the conversion right away.

This is beginner's tutorial, so we won't go into details of power-user's options of project customization.

Review your choices before commencing database migration

Conversion progress, while you lean back and enjoy

Full Convert is very fast. We use dedicated native database components instead of relying on translation libraries like ODBC which incur performance hit and often have bugs of their own. Reaching transfer of 20.000 records per second is not uncommon. Of course, that speed can't be reached with slow databases (like Access, for example), when large binary data is in table, or when network lag is an issue.

Database migration progress

Detailed summary to dBase to Access migration

After dBase to Access conversion is finished, you will be presented with a summary. If errors occur, you will be able to inspect them in detail, see SQL commands used (if you enabled SQL logging option), as well as save all the logs. Where appropriate, we provide you with suggestions of how to further speed up transfer or avoid certain issues.

By the way, Full Convert handles databases of unlimited size and (as you can see) is incredibly easy to use.

Migration summary

Quickstart tutorial video for you - see how easy it is...

We have prepared a 4-minute tutorial video for you. Of course, we couldn't record hundreds of database conversion scenarios for all source and target databases we support, but even if this video doesn't show your desired databases, you will see how our application is used and how quickly and easily you can go from dBase to Access using Full Convert.

After looking at the video, we invite you to download trial version or purchase full version and start converting your database in minutes!

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