MS Visual FoxPro is a data-centric and procedural programming language, which is very useful for creating interactive and high-performance desktop, client/server, distributed client, and Web database application with the Database File (.DBF) as its backend support. You can mount the applicable database using the 'USE' command. However, at times you are unable to mount the database because of database corruption. Such issues can arise due to various reasons such as virus infections, abrupt or unplanned system shutdown, database header corruption, etc. Such issues can be addressed using appropriate DBF repair methods failing which you should opt for the best dbf recovery software to do the needful.
Consider a scenario in which you are working on a MS Visual FoxPro application of which you have created a large database. While testing the application, you try to mount the 'Customer' database by using the 'USE' command. But the command fails to run and the following error message is displayed:
“The database for table C:\..\CUSTOMER.DBF could not be opened. Would you
like to try to locate the owning database or delete the link (and free
the table). Locate Delete Cancel”
The message is still displayed when you select 'Locate' or 'Delete'. Clicking 'Cancel' will end the application.
The most prominent reason behind this error is that the database (Customer.dbf) file is corrupt, which is disabling you from using the database.
As a workaround of this problem, you should open the database first before opening the table. Then only, you can try to resolve the exact error that appears when you open a damaged database. If that is not possible, then check if you have an updated and clean backup of the database. If yes, then try to restore the damaged database.
If you are unable to repair DBF database, then you should use a third-party dbf repair software to do the needful on your behalf. Using amazingly efficient repairing mechanisms in an interactive user interface makes for the best combination needed to perform DBF recovery.
Of the various DBF file repair tools, the most efficient of them all is Stellar Phoenix DBF Recovery, which repairs DBF files created in dBase III-V and MS Visual FoxPro 6.0 to 9.0 versions. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000, this database recovery utility recovers DBF objects including objects like, table name, column name, column data type, indexes, primary keys, etc. With the ability to update itself with the latest software definitions, this read-only tool is able to display the preview of the repairable items.