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DonalMorr
Level 1

Restoring a Quickbooks data file

My hard drive just crashed, and I haven't done a QuickBooks backup in a few months.  Is there any way to do a restore of QuickBooks data files without a recent backup?

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qbteachmt
Level 15

Restoring a Quickbooks data file

A Few Months? That's a really tough way to learn this lesson; you backup after Every work session, or at least every day. I will work in the morning, backup, work in the afternoon, backup. You let the program "rotate" backups = keep 3 or 5 or 6, and it offers to delete the oldest, when you make a new one.

 

If you have no access to the file, and you made no backups to any external device (USB, Cloud), then your file is gone.

Rustler
Level 15

Restoring a Quickbooks data file


@DonalMorr wrote:

My hard drive just crashed, and I haven't done a QuickBooks backup in a few months.  Is there any way to do a restore of QuickBooks data files without a recent backup?


Pull the hard drive and take to a tech shop, tell them to see if they can extract all files that end in .qbb - those are your back up files.  Even if a couple of months old, better than nothing

 

you can ask about files with your company name, ending in .qbw, .tlg - but I am not sure those will be enough to run QB once you get them in their own file folder on the new machine

 

 

qbteachmt
Level 15

Restoring a Quickbooks data file

.tlg is not good enough; you would also was .adr, but if you have .tlg and .adr, you likely also have .qbw. .qbw is the best, + any other file in that same folder.

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