How to convert SQL Server Express to Access

Full Convert is designed for ease of use and reliability to make sure you get your job done as quickly and as simply as possible.

Source database is known as Microsoft SQL Server Express, Microsoft SQLExpress, SQL Express, SQLExpress (related files: mdf, ldf, bak).

Target database is known as Microsoft Access, MS Access (related files: mdb, accdb).

Making migration easy for you

Full Convert is a fully self-tuning software. Your migration will work as expected without you needing to adjust anything.

Data types are different in Access compared to the source SQL Server Express. We automatically adjust them as we copy the tables so you don't have to worry about it. You can adjust the mapping rules if you wish to change the following defaults:

  • bigint int
  • datetime2 datetime
  • datetimeoffset timestamp
  • decimal single (if version is not 2007)
  • float single
  • geography text
  • geometry text
  • hierarchyid varchar(255)
  • image longbinary
  • money single
  • nvarchar ntext (if precision > 255)
  • nvarchar(max) ntext
  • smalldatetime datetime
  • smallmoney single
  • timestamp longbinary
  • varbinary binary
  • varbinary(max) longbinary
  • varchar text (if precision > 255)
  • varchar(max) text
  • xml text

Full Convert migration in 4 easy steps

1.
SQL Server Express connection

Connection to SQL Server Express

We will choose SQL Server from the list of available source database engines. Depending on your SQL Server setup, you will need to connect using Windows or SQL Server authentication.

For SQL Express, we need to specify the server\instance name, like this: servername\SQLEXPRESS

We have Windows authentication here, so all we need to do is select our desired database from the drop-down list.

2.

Connection to Access

We will choose Access database from the list of available source database formats and fill in connection properties. 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 credentials for it.

Access connection
3.

Start the conversion

All source tables are selected for conversion by default. In case you only need some tables, simply deselect the ones you don't need - or deselect all, then select just the tables you do need. Click the Copy your database button to get started.

4.

Conversion

Conversion is highly-optimized to run as fast as possible, yet provides top-notch reliability. Huge tables are converted in small chunks at a time, preserving memory and ensuring that your computer stays fast and responsive.

Data copying from source to target
Target database browser

Data is now in the target database

Use our built-in database browser to examine the copied data. Of course, you can also examine the conversion in detail and see in-depth information for each table.

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