How To Recover Deleted Files in QuickBooks?

Updated on November 06, 2022

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QuickBooks might be one of the best applications to track and manage all resources running through your business. Most importantly, it empowered all small business owners to become a one-man force to manage money, inventory, transactions, and payrolls without requiring any expertise in the concerned domains. That also means you are saving a lot of crucial information in the format of QuickBooks files that can influence your entire business. If you lose those precious QuickBooks files you lose control over your entire business. So how to recover deleted files in QuickBooks? You can find the answer to that question in this article. With all the instructions required to recover the QuickBooks files, this article will also assist you in QuickBooks data recovery.

Methods to Recover QuickBooks files

There are 2 methods to recover QuickBooks files.

How To Recover Lost QuickBooks Data From Auto Data Recovery?

What Is QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery (ADR)?

QuickBooks integrated Auto Data Recovery in the year 2010 to restore damaged or lost QuickBooks files. However, it is not available in the accountant's edition and it also cannot create ADR files which are exceeding 1.5 GB in size.

To be clear you can recover two types of QuickBooks files using auto data recovery

  • QBW.adr files (QuickBooks for Windows)
  • .tlg files (Transaction Log files)

Note: you cannot recover deleted QBB files or QuickBooks Backup files, you definitely require a data recovery software to recover QBB files.

Steps To Recover Lost Or Deleted QuickBooks Data Using Auto Data Recovery Option

Step 1: Open the file where your Company File is located. You can find the company files location by tapping the F2 button from the QuickBooks application home screen. After locating the company files folder, open it and locate QuickBooksAutoDataRecovery folder.

Step 2: Once in the Auto Data Recovery folder, manually search for files with the extension .QBW or .tlg for recovering QuickBooks Transaction Log files.

Step 3: To recover Actual QuickBooks files, search for files with the extension QBW.adr. Select and copy the files you required to recover and paste them on the desktop.

Step 4: Open the recovered QBW files using the QuickBooks desktop application.

However, you can only recover files that are a couple of hours old. The latest data might not be available in QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery.

Since the QuickBooks application is providing an auto data recovery option any user's first intuition will be using ADR (auto data recovery). However, there are certain limitations that are explicitly mentioned by QuickBooks.

  • You cannot use ADR to recover QuickBooks files in the accountant edition.
  • QuickBooks will not create ADR files exceeding 1.5 GB in size. So, if your QuickBooks files are larger than 1.5 GB you cannot use ADR for QuickBooks data recovery.

Since QuickBooks files or QBW extension files are unfamiliar file formats using other data recovery software might not yield better results. In contrast, Remo File Recovery Software is hardwired to detect over 300 file formats which ensures to detect and recover the deleted or lost QuickBooks files from any storage device.

Therefore, it is best to use a Specialized QuickBooks recovery tool such as Remo Recover.

How To Recover Deleted QuickBooks Files Using RemoFile Recovery Software?

Remo File Recovery Tool is a powerful tool that can recover more than 300+ file types using our most advanced smart scanners. The tool lets you pre-define what you want to recover without recovering any unwanted files. The Filter option ingrained in the tool lets you sort the files based on file types. The extremely simple interface makes the QuickBooks data file recovery process a cakewalk.
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How To Restore QuickBooks File?

The first step to recover data is by downloading, installing, and setting up Remo Recover Software on your Windows or Mac system. Followed by launching the application.

Step 1: Select the Drive Where You Saved QuickBooks Files

If you are wondering how to recover QuickBooks data from Hard Drive? Or how to restore QuickBooks files from a flash drive?

Connect the hard drive or the flash drive or any other storage device from where to want to recover lost or deleted QuickBooks files to the computer where you have installed Remo Recover.

From the drives listed select the connected drive where you saved the QuickBooks files and click on Scan.

launch the tool to recover deleted quickbook files

Wait for the Remo Recover Software to Scan for QBW or QBB files. After detecting all the deleted files Remo will consolidate all the data available to recover in the Dynamic Recovery View.

see a list of recovered quickbook files by clicking on dynamic recovery view

Step 2: Preview the Recovered QuickBooks data

Once the entire drive scan gets completed. A complete list of all recovered files will get displayed on your screen. Use the Advanced Filter option to find your QBW files.

use the filter option to find the quickbooks files

Tool will support you to identify QBW files from all the recovered data. Once differentiating the QuickBooks files, you can use the preview option to check the status of the recovered files.

select the required quick book files and preview by double-clicking on the file

Step 3: Save the Recovered QBW files

Select the files you want to recover and select a destination folder and click on the Recover button.

save the recovered quickbook file on a storage drive by browsing the storage location by clicking on recover

Voila, the quickbooks file recovery process has been successfully completed.

successful completion of the quickbooks file recovery


QuickBooks is the best application for tracking your entire business operations, expenditures, and inventory hence it is really crucial for you to recover lost or deleted QuickBooks files. Fortunately, QuickBooks is integrated with an auto data recovery option that allows users to recover deleted or lost QuickBooks files without using any third-party software.

However, this auto data recovery option is not available in all the editions and you cannot recover files larger than 1.5 GB. To overcome that issue you can take advantage of Remo QuickBooks Data recovery software that recovers QuickBooks files. Not only QuickBooks files you can also recover lost excel sheets, Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and Audio and video files of various file formats with the help of Remo.

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