How to Import Data from MS Access to SQL Server

This topic describes how to import data from a MS Access (2003, 2007+) file.

Decide what table to import the data to:

  1. For a new table, in Object Explorer, right-click a database, point to Data Pump, and then click Import Data. The Data Import wizard opens.
  2. Select MS Access import format and specify a location of Source file. Click Next.

    If the Source data is protected with a password, the Open MS Access database dialog box appears where you should enter the password.

  3. Select a Source table or view. To quickly find them in the list, enter characters of a required name into the Filter field. The list will be filtered to show only those that contain such characters in their names.

    You can use a query for partial data import. Click Custom Query and edit the query. Click OK to save the changes.

  4. Specify a Target SQL Server connection, a database, a schema, and a table to import the data to. Click Next.
  5. Specify data formats for the Source data and click Next.
  6. Map the Source columns to the Target ones. If you are importing the data into a new table, Data Pump will automatically create and map all the columns. If you are importing into an existing table, only columns with the same names will be mapped, the rest should be mapped manually. (If no columns with the same name are found, they are mapped in succession - the 1st column in Source with the 1st column in Target, etc.)

    See the Target columns in the top and the Source columns at the bottom of the wizard page. Click Source column fields and select required columns from the drop-down list.

  7. If you are importing to a new table, you can edit the Target column properties by double-clicking them in the top grid. Select the Key check box for a column with a primary Key and click Next.
  8. Select an import mode to define how Data Pump should import the data. Click Next.
  9. Select how Data Pump should handle errors during import and whether you want to get a log file with details about the import session.
  10. Click Import and see the import progress. Data Pump will notify you whether the import completed successfully or failed. Click the Show log file button to open the log file.
  11. Click Finish to finish the import and close the wizard.


  1. Data Import Wizard pages can slightly differ due to the product you have been using.
  2. To cancel mapping of all the columns, click Clear Mappings on the toolbar. To restore it, click Fill Mapping.
  3. You should select at least one column with a primary key, otherwise some of import modes on the Modes wizard page will be disabled.
  4. You can save the import settings as a template for future uses. Click the Save Template button on any wizard page to save the selected settings. Next time you should only select a template and specify a location of the Source data - all the settings will be already set. For more information, go to Saving and Using Templates topic.