View Full Version : How do I backup QB file on Mac to be read by Windows
03-30-2005, 07:22 PM
I am running QuickBools Pro edition 5 for Mac. I am trying desparately to get a backup to the accountant who runs Quickbooks Pro 2004 for Windows.
They are unable to read my file. Is there some different way to save when wanting to be read by Windows??.
I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. I am meeting with accountant tomorrow!
I have 7 years of data on my iMac OSX and NEED to be able to have the accountant access it on their PC.
I took the following instructions directly from the QB2004 Help Index:
You can use the Back Up command to transfer your QuickBooks data file to your Windows computer.
Insert a disk in the floppy drive of your Macintosh computer.
From QuickBooks 4.0 for Macintosh, choose Back Up from the File menu.
Back up your data file onto one or more Windows-formatted 3.5-inch disks:
Change the suggested filename to a Windows-compatible file name. File names are limited to eight characters and must have a.QBB extension.
Click the popup menu at the top of the list of files and folders and choose Desktop. In the list that appears, click the name of the floppy disk you inserted.
Insert your disks into your Windows computer.
From QuickBooks for Windows, choose Restore from the File menu.
Follow the onscreen messages about backing up and updating.
The only difference I see is that you are using Mac 5 instead of 4.0 and that may be a problem. Are you changing the file extension to .QBB ? Look in your MAC Help Index and see what it says there about backing up to Windows.
03-31-2005, 05:28 PM
Thank you for your attempt at helping.
I see you took the directions from Quickbooks2004. I do not have Quickbooks2004 nor am I still using Quickbooks 4.0 for Mac.
I also was trying to email my file created by Quickbooks Pro % for Mac to the Windows system in my accountan'ts office. So all that floppy disk business wouldn't help. Actually, OSX does not have floppy disks. I only have an iMAc here so cannot jockey back and forth. The Windows computer is at the accountant's....miles away.
After calling Intuit, I found that the problem was with errors in Quickbook Pro 5.0. and that there is a patch to correct it. I downloaded and now I have QuickBook Pro 5.0.1. QuickBook Pro 5.0.1 does work immediately and easily and the Help index of this version does explain it. But there was nada in Quickbooks Pro 5.0 index/dierctions/manual
I have ALL the QuickBooks versions for Windows. The reason I looked at the 2004 version was because you said that your accountant was using it.
You never stated in your original question that you were trying to e-mail the file either. You asked about making a backup you needed to get to your accountant.
Glad you got it working but next time, try to be more specific in your question and you will get a more specific answer.
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