Tips to Retrieve Deleted Data from QuickBooks Desktop

Last Updated on October 11, 2021 by Editorial Team

The main factor of every software is security and recovery, using which you can know about the software.

QuickBooks is also a highly security-based software and it’s having a different type of function like autosave function or you can take a backup of the QuickBooks file on a regular basis. In this article, we will discuss how you can retrieve the deleted QuickBooks Desktop File.

What do you mean by Auto Data Recovery?

Auto Data Recovery is also known as the ADR, ADR has different types of features using which the users can retrieve the deleted or damaged file. It was first available in the Pro/Premier, and later on, it was added to the QuickBooks Enterprise version. The tools of the ADR give the permit to the users so that they can utilize the features of Auto Replication to create clones of QuickBooks company files and the auto-recovery feature.

How ADR helps to retrieve files?

  • With the help of the transaction log file and the copy of the company file, it can restore the transactions.
  • You can restore the recent transaction instead of the all-time transaction while using the copy of the company file or from the log file.

What are the reasons for losing the data?

Here are some of the reasons using which you can lose the data.

  • Accidentally you delete the data.
  • Due to the software crash.
  • You system theft.
  • Firewall access is prevented on the system.
  • The connections of the system are not properly connected.

How you can retrieve deleted data from the QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise?

Method 1. An original Transaction Log file and ADR version

  • First, you have to create a new folder on the Desktop and name it QBTest.
  • Now you have to open the company file and find the AutoDataRecovery folder.
  • Now you have to find the.TLG.adr and the .QBW.adr files.
  • Now show file extensions.
  • If you do not get these files then follow the steps given below.
    • First, you have to press the Windows+E button in file explorer.
    • Then you have to click on the organize and select the folder and search option.
    • Now you have to select the Hide extensions for known file types.
    • Now click on Apply and then the Ok button.
  • Now you have to copy and paste it into the QBTest folder. Now rename the file and remove the .adr from its name.
  • Now open the QuickBooks file which is saved in the QBTest folder. Now you have to verify all the QuickBooks transactions.
  • After that check the data integrity of the file.
  • File>>Utilities>>Rebuild Data.
  • If you find the file is damaged then you can put that file in the other location and if the file is good then you can transfer that file into the original location.

Method 2. An original Transaction Log file with ADR version

  • First, you have to create a new folder on the Desktop and name it QBTest.
  • Where you want to save the company file, open that folder.
  • Find the .tlg file in the company file folder. The name of the folder will be the same as the company file name. Now you have to show the file extension.
  • If you did not find the .tlg file. Then you can follow the steps.
    • First, you have to open the file explorer, and then press the Windows+E button.
    • Now you have to select the organize, then choose the folder and search options.
    • Now select the hide extension for known file types.
    • After that click Apply and then the Ok button.
  • Now copy the .tlg file to the QBTest folder on the Desktop.
  • Now you have to open the ADR folder and then find where the company file is stored.
  • After that, you have to copy the .qbw.adr file. And after that, you have to paste it into the QBTest folder.
  • Then you have to right-click on the .qbw.adr file and change the name.
  • Now you have to remove the .adr from the file name.
  • Now open the company file that is saved in the QBTest folder.
  • Now verify the transaction of your account.
  • Now check the integrity from the recovered file File > Utilities > Verify Data
  • If you find the file is damaged then you can put that file in the other location and if the file is good then you can transfer that file into the original location.

How can you retrieve the files in the QuickBooks software?

QuickBooks Recovery Tool

To retrieve the QuickBooks deleted file you need to download the QuickBooks recovery tool.

  • First, you have to scan your hard drive.
  • Then you have to run the Quick scan and after that deep scan so that you can search your removed QuickBooks file.
  • Now you have to choose the QuickBooks file which you want to retrieve.
  • At last, you have to click on the Restore heading or it can be recovered just click on it.

Solutions to retrieve the QuickBooks file

Here are some of the solutions to retrieve the QuickBooks file.

Solution 1. Recovery tool

There are some of the features which you get from the QuickBooks file recovery tools.

  • Recover transaction of all types
  • Preview of files to be recovered.
  • Recover all objects.
  • Create and save the reports.
  • User friendly.

Step1. First, you have to update the latest version of the QuickBooks Desktop. Then you have to click on the recovery file. 

Step 2. After that, you have to select the recovery detected file option which indicates restoring the QuickBooks Desktop file. In case your file or folder has been mistakenly lost or deleted, then you can restore that in a one-click recovery lost file option, due to which you can take the backup of all your deleted files.

Step 3. After that, you have to choose the drive from where you have lost the files. Then select the Next button which will inform all the details related to the restoration process.

Step 4. The software will display all the lists of the files. Where he/she can easily see the file type view and the data heading.

Step 5. Now you have to choose the mentioned file which you want to retrieve.

Solution 2. How you can retrieve the company file in Quickbooks

  • First, open the Quickbooks Desktop.
  • After that, you have to choose the file menu.
  • Then you have to click on the open or restore company.
  • Now you have to restore the file based on its type.
  • Windows company file .qbe.
    • You have to click on the open a company file and then choose the next.
    • After that, you have to open the right folder and then select the company file.
    • Now open it and enter the password.
    • Here are some of the files like .qbb, .qbm, .dmg, or .qbxxx.
  • Now you can check the help menu for the updated steps

Conclusion

In the above article, we have discussed how you can retrieve deleted data from QuickBooks if the data is lost or has been deleted. We have tried our best to help you regarding the above issue, in case you find any difficulty with QuickBooks you can contact our QuickBooks ProAdvisor Expert. They will help you and give you the best solution regarding your concern.