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Old 10-02-2008, 02:52 AM
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Computer crash - Which QB data files/folders to copy?

My laptop has crashed and is unusable, but I can still access files on it for copying purposes only.

Which folders/files do I need to copy to my USB drive (which has enough room for about 500 MB of files) to be able to restore all of my Quickbooks data when I install Quickbooks on a new laptop?

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:00 AM
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Copy all files with QBW extension, they are the data files for QuickBooks. You can then copy them to your new computer.
The default location is C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks, but they could have been stored any where.
You can use Windows Search and search for Files and Folders using *.QBW and windows will locate all of the data files and then you can copy directly from the search screen.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:10 AM
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But of course you'll now be making sure that you always have recent independent backups in the event of a crash!
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:40 AM
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Copy all files with QBW extension, they are the data files for QuickBooks. You can then copy them to your new computer.
The default location is C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks, but they could have been stored any where.
You can use Windows Search and search for Files and Folders using *.QBW and windows will locate all of the data files and then you can copy directly from the search screen.
I'm not sure I'll be able to search by extension, but I know that this installation of QB was a default installation; nothing custom was selected during the install process.

I've copied the entire Quickbooks folder from this location: C:\Program Files\Intuit\ .

Having copied that entire folder, when I reinstall QB on a fresh installation of XP Professional, which folders/files should I replace with my backup data? (Not the entire folder, I'm assuming.)
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You just need your .QBW file and I would also pull any .QBB files (backups)too.

Your company data MAY have been shared documents, in an Intuit folder, rather than Program files\intuit\quickbooks. Depends on your version.
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You just need your .QBW file and I would also pull any .QBB files (backups)too.

Your company data MAY have been shared documents, in an Intuit folder, rather than Program files\intuit\quickbooks. Depends on your version.

Thanks. So when I've copied the .QBW file to the new computer, opening QB and going to File | Open, or maybe File | Import, will be all that's required to open the file, isn't that about right?
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Yes, File, Open and browse to the .QBW file and you'll be set.
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