Restoring your Peachtree Accounting Data
There are three options here, it depends on if you are able to open your company
within Peachtree. Depending upon how damaged your existing files where, you
may not be able to open your company. The "Unable to Determine Security Privileges"
error normally will not allow you to open your company's data file. In that
case you need to use option 2 or 3. If you are able to open the damaged companies
data then use option 1.
Always perform some type of backup prior to restoring
or overwriting files.
Each step outlines how to perform a backup of directory
Option 1 - If you can open your damaged company in Peachtree
Option 2 - If you cannot open your damaged company in Peachtree and are using Windows
XP or greater.
Option 3 - If you cannot open your damaged company in Peachtree and are not using
Option 1 - Restoring using Peachtree Accounting Software
Always perform a new backup prior to restoring any files. Use the Backup option
within Peachtree's File Menu. Make the new backup filename contain a reference
to the company, some action that is being performed and today's date.
After you have completed your backup, select the File, Restore option from the Peachtree
Menu. Navigate to where you saved the fixed file. Example: C:\DataSoftFixed
Select your fixed file and follow the screen prompts. After you have restored
your fixed data verify your information by printing reports and checking balances.
Option 2 - Restoring Using Winzip or Microsoft File Compression Software
Before you start you should always reboot the computer where the damaged Peachtree
Company's data file reside. This will free any OS locks that maybe on the
files. Then make a copy of the existing damaged Peachtree Company's data subdirectory.
Make a new directory/folder off the root on C: named DamagedPeachtreeFiles and copy the damaged
subdirectory into this directory. After a week or so, you then may delete
this directory if desired. This is a safety method.
If your are using Windows XP or greater, Microsoft has included file decompress
software for you. To make this feature easy to use change the file extension
on your fixed download. Normally when you receive your fixed file from DataSoft
it will have the extension of .ptb (Peachtree Backup File). PTB files are
actually Compressed Zipped Files, so renaming then from .ptb to .zip will do the
After you have renamed the file extension, you then double click on the file to
open it up.
Select Select All from the Edit Menu
Select Copy To Folder... from the Edit Menu
Use the Copy Item Dialog, navigate to the location of your damaged Peachtree Company's
data files. Click the subdirectory and click Copy. You will be prompted
to overwrite files, you want to overwrite the bad files.
We are unable to tell you the exact location of your company's data file.
They can be stored in about any location. You will need to check with your Computer Administrator.
You are now finished. Close any open windows and start to work with your
repaired data. :-)