Quickbooks Adr File – What is Auto Data Recovery and How to Use It?

Everyone who is associated with business knows the importance of backing up their financial data but how many of us exactly remember to do it? Sometimes QuickBooks data gets compromised by issues like virus intrusion, inappropriate device shutdown,  failure of the program, etc. for that, you need a proven recovery method to retrieve your lost data. To help you with this, the software company Intuit (Developer of QuickBooks) has a feature known as QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery, that automatically creates a backup copy of your QBs company file. 

It has super-advanced features to provide more precision and offers a wide range of recovery options. The good thing is that this program is 100% secure and stable, ensuring that the original QBs data are protected during the recovery process. So, your original data format is kept secure as it was before the recovery.

In this informative article, we will tell you all about the Quickbooks Adr file (QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery file), important things to keep in mind before using this feature to restore data, and the proper way to use it. Let’s get started.

What is Quickbooks Auto Data Recovery (ADR)?

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The QuickBooks software has an in-built Quickbooks auto data recovery feature that helps in securing QuickBooks’ corrupted or lost data. In the initial phase, the software company Inuit produced it for Premier and Pro. But,  Later it was also released for the Enterprise edition in 2012.

Sometimes, users’ data get lost and damaged because of many reasons affecting business operation. QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery ensures that all file data are secure and stays protected. The best part if the data stays untouched/unchanged, there will be no incidence of financial data being damaged.

How does Auto Data Recovery Quickbooks Work?

How does Auto Data Recovery Quickbooks Work?

Quickbooks 2012 auto data recovery operates on Sybase technology. When a QuickBooks error occurs, there are two steps to fix it. 

If you are using QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery (ADR) to restore lost data, you have to keep few points.

  • QuickBooks ADR file is available only in QuickBooks Premier, Pro, and Enterprise Solutions. You will not found this recovery file in the Accountant QBs Version.
  • There is a drawback of the Qbs ADR file and i.e. you can’t make a backup of your data if the size exceeds 1.5 GB.
  • The user should update the QuickBooks Desktop to the current version to get the QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery full advantage.

QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery Tool: How to Use?

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Below are the solutions that can help in recovering all the lost data with the help of the QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery Tool

Method 1: Retrieve the Lost/Damaged Data using the Original TLG File with ‘. QBW. Adr File’

The original Transaction Log and the current version of ADR can help you get back the latest transactions that got lost. Follow the instructions below:

  • First of all, make a new folder on the desktop and give it a name – QBTest.
  • Now open that folder containing your company file. There, you will see the location of the company file on the Product Information Screen as well as in the No Company Open Window.
  • Look for the .tlg file in the folder of the company file. The file you are searching for contains a similar file name as the company file name.
  • If you can’t identify the .tlg file extension, then follow the below steps:
    • Hold Windows+E to open the File Explorer.
    • Now, select Organize, and after that choose Folder to find options (Windows 10,8 and 8.1) to carry the process.
    • Now tap on the View option to choose the File name extension.
    • Then, tap on the option of Hide Extension for known file types
    • After selecting the option which came, you need to tap on Apply and after that on OK.
  • After locating the .tlg file, copy and paste it to that folder you had created named the QBTest folder.

Copy paste

  • Now you are required to open the QuickBooksAutoDataRecovery folder that is in a similar location as the company file.
  • Copy the .QBW.adr file and press CTRL + V to paste it into the folder of QBTest. Now, you will easily find QBW.adr and .tlg.file in a similar folder (QBTest).

.TLG

  • Open the QB Test folder and tap-right on the .QBW.adr file and choose Rename option.
  • Delete .adr located at the file name’s end.

.adr

  • Open the QBs company file you had saved in the folder of QBTest.
  • Once you are done, using the Account Register, check that all transactions are present in the file.
  • Now follow these actions to check the integrity of data: File > Utilities > Verify Data.
  • Move the damaged files to another location or you can replace them with the QBTest copy to the original location.

Method 2: Retrieve the Latest Transactions using .QBW.adr and .TLG.adr Files

The second method is utilizing the ADR version of .QBW and .TLG files. Here a point to remember is that the step of Quickbooks auto data recovery files can take 12-13 hours to retrieve the lost/damaged data:

  • First of all, make a new folder on the desktop and give it a name – QBTest.
  • Use the QuickBooks Company File feature to pen the QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery. We recommend you to check the company file location on the Product Information Screen, by holding F2 or Ctrl + 1,  as well as no company open window.
  • Open the .TLG.adr and adr files. These file extensions have a similar name as the company file.  If you are not able to find the .TLG.adr and .QBW.adr files, then you are required to follow the below:
    • Hold Windows + E keys, it will open the File Explorer.
    • Choose the Organize option, then select the Folder and find Options. For users of Windows 10, 8.1, 8 –  Select View and then select the File Name Extension.
    • Choose the option Hide Extensions For Known File Types.

option Hide extensions for known file types

    • Tap on Apply and then OK.
  • Now you need to copy the .TLG.adr and .QBW.adr files, then hold CTRL + V to paste the files to the QBTest folder.
  • Now make a selection of both the files and hold CTRL + V to paste the files to the QBTest folder. Remove the .adr files.
  • Open QuickBooks.
  • Now open that company file saved on the folder of QBTest. After reaching out there, with the help of the Account Register, confirm that the transactions are available in the file
  • Now follow these series to check the integrity of data: File > Utilities > Verify Data.

Utilities

  • After that, you will be able to shift the damaged files to any other location or you can also replace them with the QBTest copy to the exact original location.

Final Words

You can use the QuickBooks Auto Data Recovery Tool to retrieve your lost files by using the above-mentioned solutions. Now if you lose any data due to any reason just go through this productive article once and you will be able to restore it. However, if have any query about how to restore Quickbooks auto data recovery then we would recommend you to contact QuickBooks Customer Support to help you out.

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