A Small Analysis on QuickBooks File Corruption and the Possible Resolution

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QuickBooks is a comprehensive accounting software that is tailored to meet the requirements of small and medium enterprises. The application efficiently manages a company’s business by keeping track of its sales, expenses, and income all in one place. It also keeps record of all the employees, vendors, and customers of the company and the transactions that take place. The custom database format that the QuickBooks ( or .qbw) file uses is found prone to corruption which results in subsequent data loss. The corruption remains hidden or invisible and  is not detected unless the corrupt data is accessed by the application. A .qbw file generally gets corrupt when used in a multi-user networking environment. To easily recover form this corruption and get your lost invaluable data back, you should use an efficient QuickBooks repair tool.

Suppose, you work on any version of Intuit QuickBooks. When you try to access a company file, it may fail to open up displaying the following error message on your screen:

QuickBooks was unable to open the file [path\filename] on the host computer [host name]. Try opening the file with QuickBooks on the host computer or run the QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the host computer and then try opening the file on your computer.


The possible causes of the above error message are:
  • A mismatch has been encountered between the transaction log (.tlg) file  and the company (.qbw) file.
  • You might have taken or copied the .qbw file to a different system and updated it without updating the associated transaction log file.

This probably indicates that your QBW file is corrupt. You may lose all the vital information pertaining to the company’s business. The critical data can be easily restored form a backup. In case of unavailability of the backup, you should take help of a reliable third party tool to repair corrupt QuickBooks file.


Follow these steps in sequence to resolve the error-
  • Run ‘Verify Data’ utility on the QuickBooks file to check whether the data is corrupt and has lost integrity.
  • Create a copy of the QBW file on your local system hard disk.
  • Make sure that none of the items is hidden in the file.
  • Now, to repair QBW file and restore its precious data, run ‘Rebuild data’ utility on the earlier made copy of the file.

If the above steps fail to resolve the issue, you should take help of a proficient QuickBooks repair tool to recover all the important and confidential business data.

QuickBooks Recovery Software is a highly trusted utility that repairs and restores corrupt QuickBooks files created in Intuit QuickBooks® versions 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 for UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and South African editions. It is compatible with Windows 8.0, 7.0, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.
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