Data corruption in QuickBooks isn’t rare, nor if the fact that a corrupt QBW file cannot be opened and used until repaired.

Here is what commonly happens when your data is corrupt

  • You will notice that errors like “A data problem prevents QuickBooks from continuing” in the Verify Data Utility or “Verify Target: Values in minor do not match major” on your screen or in the Qbwin.log file.
  • You will experience a sudden shutdown of QuickBooks when trying to save or delete a transaction.
  • Balance Sheets would be faulty where the total assets don’t match the total liabilities and equity.
  • Lists would have Missing transactions and entries.
  • QuickBooks runs slow.
  • Paid bills and invoices showing as unpaid.
  • Transaction History shows a negative balance.
  • On opening the Send Feedback Online > Bug Report window, you see an HTML code.

So what causes data corruption in QuickBooks?

  • A file exceeding a healthy limit or 200 MB for QuickBooks Pro and 450 MB for QuickBooks Enterprise.
  • A sudden power surge can destroy your entire hard drive.
  • Improper system shutdown due to technical or other reasons.
  • Virus or malware attacks on the drive where the database is stored.
  • Development of bad sectors on the hard drive where the database is stored.

Though there could be several reasons for data corruption and these are just some of the more common known reasons, it is important to proceed with care while using QuickBooks in order to prevent the same.

One sure way to rid yourself of damage is to take multiple back-ups at different physical locations or online.

Secondly, always remember to keep an eye on the size of the database file.

In the event, you are faced with data corruption, you can use a manual method to repair the QuickBooks company file, use QuickBooks company file repair software or try a third party professional and guaranteed service like E-Tech.

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