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How to restore Quickbooks data file

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  1. If your backup file is not on your hard disk or in a network folder, insert the CD, USB flash drive, or other storage device in the appropriate drive.
  2. In QuickBooks, go to the File menu and click Open or Restore Company to open the restore wizard.
  3. Click Restore a backup copy (.qbb) and then click Next.
  4. Click Local backup and then click Next. The Open Backup Copy window opens.
  5. If needed, click the Look in drop-down arrow and navigate to the location where you saved the backup file, which has a .qbb file extension (for example, mycompanyname.qbb).
  6. Select the backup file and click Open.
  7. Click Next.
  8. If needed, click the Save in drop-down arrow and navigate to the location where you want to restore the backup file.
  9. Select the backup file, click Save, and respond to any messages QuickBooks may display.

    The company file is converted to a regular company file, with a .qbw extension (or a .qba extension if the backup was made from an Accountant’s Copy). The company file and all of its related files are stored in this location.

  10. (Optional) If you’re rebuilding your QuickBooks environment, moving your files to a new computer, or need to overwrite all existing files (including changes made since the backups was created), you’ll need to restore additional files related to the company file. To do this, copy the related files from their restored location in the \Restored_(company filename)_Files folder back to their original directories.

    Important: Be sure to read the file HowToRestoreExternalFiles.txt located in the \Restored_(company filename)_Files folder before you perform this step. When you copy these files back to their original locations, you’ll overwrite any changes made since the backup was created.

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