Summary: In this blog, we’ve tried to compile everything there is to know about QuickBooks Company File Repair. A QuickBooks Company File (QBW) can become corrupt due to several reasons like large file size, improper system shutdown, virus attack, etc. The blog outlines these and other possible causes of the QuickBooks company file corruption, how you can know about it (symptoms), how to prevent this from happening. Also, it describes how corruption in QBW file can be fixed through free as well as professional QuickBooks File Repair tools. If you’ve been waiting for a concise guide about repairing QuickBooks file, well, this is your lucky day!
If you’ve been working with QuickBooks® long enough, you know that it’s a business accounting software developed by Intuit and has small and medium-sized organizations as its target audience. QuickBooks® offers on-premise accounting as well as cloud-based accounting to make business payments, managing and paying bills, and payroll functions easier. For professionals and small-time entrepreneurs, QuickBooks has rightfully become the go-to product when it comes to managing their financial activities with ease. And what makes such solid performance possible? A solid database of course!
The Intuit database behind QuickBooks is quite competent in handling business pressure and growing demands. However, like all other databases, it is prone to problems every now and then. Corruption in QuickBooks Company File is a common problem faced by users. And a corrupt QBW file cannot be opened and used until it is repaired.
How to Identify Corruption in QuickBooks Company file?
In order to know when you need to repair a QBW file, it is important to identify corruption in the file.
Following are some problems that you may face due to corruption in QuickBooks Company File:
Errors like “A data problem prevents QuickBooks from continuing” in the Verify Data Utility or “Verify Target: Values in minor do not match major” on your screen or in the Qbwin.log file.
Sudden shutdown of QuickBooks when trying to save or delete a transaction.
Faulty reports like Balance Sheets where the total assets don’t match the total liabilities and equity.
Missing transactions and entries from Lists.
Account names preceded by an asterisk (*), which were created by QuickBooks because the original accounts were missing
QuickBooks running slow, operations taking longer than normal
Paid bills and invoices showing as unpaid
Transaction History shows a negative balance.
On opening the Send Feedback Online > Bug Report window, you see an HTML code.
Data damage in Quickbooks comes in many forms and scenarios, but what’s most important to note is, that anything that makes the data look strange could be a sign of QuickBooks corruption.
Reasons Behind QuickBooks Company Data File Corruption
Now that you know how you to identify corruption in your QuickBooks database, the next logical step would be to investigate what causes QuickBooks data corruption. This might lend a helping hand in performing QuickBooks Company File Repair.
Some common reasons for data damage and corruption in QuickBooks include:
The QuickBooks database file size expanding beyond its healthy limit or 200 MB (for QuickBooks Pro) or 450 MB (for QuickBooks Enterprise).
Lack of resources like RAM, Virtual Memory, network interface cards, routers, network cables, etc.
A sudden power surge or drop has the capability to trash your entire hard drive if you don’t have a proper UPS.
Improper system shutdown due to technical or other reasons could lead to QuickBooks database corruption.
Virus attacks on the hard drive on which the database is stored.
Development of bad sectors on the hard drive where the database is stored.
Though the reasons can broadly be classified in the above categories, it is important to remember that there can be other unknown reasons as well for QuickBooks database corruption.
Method 1 – Manual Method to Repair QuickBooks Company File
You can try to manually repair the QBW file by using Verify & Rebuild Data utility using the following steps:
Open the data file and log-in as administrator.
Select the Single User Mode and then initiate data verification by clicking on File > Utilities > Verify Data.
The ‘Verify’ process could take some time depending on the size of the file. If this process takes too long or does not complete, you should do a complete rebuild as follows:
Make a local copy of the data file from the server.
Enable temporary hosting on the machine where it is copied (if required) and open the file and log-in as administrator.
Click on File > Utilities > Rebuild Data.
Once the rebuild is complete, save a copy of the repaired QBW file on the local machine as well as on the server. Refrain from hosting the file on the local machine and give the new file a different name than the original file.
Note: Complete rebuild takes even more time than the ‘Verify’ process. Until the process finishes, take care not to interrupt this process at any cost. If possible, do not use using the machine while the process is running.
Method 2 – Free Tools
Though the manual method is simple to implement, it often takes a lot of time to complete. A better approach could be to use a free QuickBooks Company File Repair tool.
Here are some popular QBW file repair tools:
Re-registers various QuickBooks related components with Microsoft Windows.
QuickBooks Install Diagnostic Tool
Diagnoses and repairs a number of problems, with the main focus being on the Microsoft .NET Framework.
QuickBooks Component Repair Tool
It fixes problems that prevent QuickBooks from running.
QuickBooks File Doctor
It fixes certain kinds of file and data corruption, Windows setup problems, and network setup problems. Detailed information about this tool is available here.
Method 3 – QuickBooks Company File Repair Software
Even free tools can’t fix all problems; hence, it is recommended to fix QuickBooks Company Data File corruption by using reliable and efficient third-party software such as Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software. This competent software repairs corrupt QuickBooks data (QBW) file and recover every bit of information stored in it.
Also, the software provides a free preview of recoverable data from corrupt QBW files.
Steps to Repair Corrupt QuickBooks® Company File with Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software
Repairing your corrupt QBW file using this software is very easy. Follow these steps exactly in the order as described:
Step 1: Download, install and launch Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software.
Figure 3 – Main Interface of Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software
Step 2: In the software’s main interface window, click SelectFile to choose the corrupt company file you want to repair, and then click Scan File.
Note: If you are not aware of your QBW file location, click Find to search for the file in a particular drive.
Step 3: Once the selected file is scanned, follow the instructions to Preview your company file data.
Figure 4 – Instructions to Preview QuickBooks® Company File Data
Note: For saving the scanned QBW file, you need to register for Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® Software. If you have already registered for the software, proceed with the next step.
Step 5: In the Save File window that appears, perform the following:
Click Browse to choose the location of a new blank file containing data of the repaired file.
Select the QuickBooks version.
Click Start to initiate the saving process.
Step 6: Click OK when the ‘Repair process completed successfully’ message appears.
Once you have fixed QuickBooks Company File corruption, you cannot be sure that it won’t happen again. However, you can minimize the risk factors that contribute to its happening and protect your data by safeguarding it better. Here’s how:
The best bet against data corruption is to take multiple back-ups at different physical locations. Better make it a regular routine to be sure you always have a complete back-up of your data.
Online backing up is also very effective. It eliminates threats to physical backups.
Keep tabs on the size of the QuickBooks Database File and if it threatens to expand beyond its healthy limit, reduce its size using third-party tools.