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MDB and ACCDB


Before its 2007 release, the Microsoft Access database file was MDB. First, the ACCDB file format was introduced with Access 2007, while later releases continue to support MDB database files for backward compatibility purposes ACCDB files format is the recommended choice when working in Access. Microsoft Access is the most commonly used database management systems, which is mainly used to store the crucial information data for reference, analysis & reporting. These databases are used everywhere such as at work, in-home, in schools, & in leisure facilities. Thus, it is so easy to analyse & manage the huge data for the users. However, the Access database used .mdb format in 2007, 2010, 2103, 2016 versions. In this blog, we will share the information about what is the difference between MDB and ACCDB?

What is MDB?


MDB is a database file used by Microsoft access. Now, Access is tied into the Microsoft office, MDB is Access’s own format, Which is based on the Access Jet Database Engine. Data can also be imported or linked from the other applications by the help of access, Such as SharePoint lists, text, XML, Outlook & HTML. MDB can be open bt OpenOffice.org

What is ACCDB?


A file with the ACCDB file extension is an Access 2007/2010 Database file. Noe, it’s the default format for database files used in the current version of MS Access. The ACCDB file format replaces the older MDB format used in prior versions of Access (Before 2007 version). It includes enhancements to it like support for encryption and file attachments. When you are working on an ACCDB file in Microsoft Access, a similar MS Access Record-Locking Information file (with the .LACCDB extension) is automatically created in the same folder to prevent from accidentally editing the original file. This temporary file is especially helpful when simultaneously an ACCDB file is used by multiple people.

Difference Between ACCDB to MDB

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ACCDB MDB
ACCDB does not support user-level security. MDB Database supports user-level security.
ACCDB allows multiple fields types such as multi-value fields, attachment fields, calculated fields. MDB database doesn’t have any facilities like this.
ACCDB database support novel form and report option like its layout and pop-up calendar. It also has table macros. But MDB does not.
ACCDB does not support replication. But in MDB files you can save the duplicate items.
To read the ACCDB database, you will need a newer driver. If you are going to read the data in another application. But MDB does not have this feature.
You can’t link a table form an ACCDB to a database in an MDB format. You can link a table from an NDB to a database in an ACCDB format.

The Key Difference Between an Access MDB and ACCDB


  • MDB Database supports user-level security while ACCDB doesn’t support. ACCDB data encryption is stronger than MDB.
  • ACCDB allows multiple fields types such as multi-value fields, attachment fields, calculated fields, but MDB database don’t have any facilities like this.
  • ACCDB database support novel form and report option like its layout and popup calendar. It also has table macros.
  • ACCDB doesn’t support replication, But in MDB files you can save the duplicate items.
  • To read the ACCDB database, you will need a newer driver. If you are going to read the data in another application.
  • You can link a table from an MDB to a database in an ACCDB format, but you can’t do this from a later version of Access to a database in an earlier version of Access.
Conclusion

In this article. We have shared the difference between an Access MDB and ACCDB file & also got an idea about both formats in details. However, both the files are important. Because they both contain crucial information.

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