I have been using the QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) Enterprise for a while now and never had any issues until recently. I use QBDT Enterprise for combining reports for multiple company files. All the company files are opening except for one – which disappeared after an update, and I could not restore the QuickBooks backup file (QBB).
I tried restoring the QBB file to a new location, but it won’t load. It seems the QBB file has turned corrupt. The QuickBooks Tool Hub provides options to repair a company file (QBW), but I can’t find any option to repair the QBB file. While searching for a solution to recover data from the QBB file, I came across Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® software. The software claims to perform QuickBooks company file recovery from the backup file (QBB).
Here, I will be sharing the software steps that I performed to repair the corrupt QBB file and my thoughts on what’s best and missing in the software.
Steps to repair corrupt QB data file using the Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® software
Step 1 – Selecting the Corrupt QuickBooks File
After downloading and installing the QuickBooks repair tool, when I launched it, I was presented with the main interface screen. The main interface had options to Browse or Find the corrupt QuickBooks file (QBW or QBB). I clicked on the Browse option to select my corrupt QBB file.
Note: The ‘Find’ option is for users who are unaware of the location of their QuickBooks® file. This option helps search for the file on the computer’s local drive.
Clicking Next displayed a screen with option to select a working backup file (QBB) for better repair results. Since I had already selected the backup file, I skipped to the next step
Step 2 – Scanning the QuickBooks File
The Skip button opened a ‘Review and Scan’ screen with the selected QBB file. After verifying the file selection, I clicked the Scan button to begin scanning the file for corruption errors and repairing it.
The software initiated scanning the QB files.
I liked that the scan process took only a few minutes to complete. However, I came across a little snag. There’s a little correction needed in the UI. The software prompted me to review and scan a QBW file even though I have selected to repair a QBB file. But what’s important is that the software worked. It scanned and repaired the selected QBB file.
The software displayed a summary of the scanned QBB file, including the scan process’ starting time and end time and number of records present and deleted in the file.
Step 3 – Preview and Save the Repaired File
Clicking OK in the ‘Scan Summary’ dialog box displayed a preview of the repaired Company’s data in the backup file.
The software also supported preview of ‘Charts of Accounts’ and ‘Items & Services’ of the Company. It also presented the repaired data of the Customers, Vendors, and Employees by clicking on the respective tab.
For instance, clicking on the Customers tab opened up the following screen:
Clicking Save opened a ‘Save File’ dialog box with an option to browse a new QBW file or current QBB file for saving the repaired data. I selected my existing QBB file to save the repaired data.
Clicking Save started the file saving process. On completion of the saving process, the software displayed a ‘Repair Process Complete’ message box.
Stellar Repair for QuickBooks® software is suited for users seeking a reliable solution to fix data damage in QuickBooks® backup file (QBB) and Company file (QBW). The software has an easy to operate graphical user interface that helps repair corrupted QBB file and restore its data to the current backup file (QBB). Another best aspect is the software demo version that allows you to preview repaired data before saving it. This helps validate the data before opting for the licensed version of QuickBooks® file repair tool.
Key features of the software worth checking out are as follows:
- Supports repairing data file of QuickBooks® Enterprise Solution, Premier, and Pro editions
- Repairs QBW file of the latest QB 2022 and lower versions
- Can recover QBW file data of multiple country editions, including QuickBooks® UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, South Africa, etc.