QuickBooks backup directory

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac uses a different process for backing up data, and requires a different process to restore backups.When a data file is backed up it creates a disk image (.dmg) file. Each disk image QuickBooks creates when it backs up your data includes a copy of your company file and your Attached Documents Library (if you use and back up attachments).

Detailed instructions

To Find the location where QuickBooks For Mac might have stored the Back up you can go to QuickBooks > Preferences > Backup.
Note:If the backup is not in the specified folder, navigate to the drive or folder where the backup was saved, or go to Spotlight (the magnifying glass icon at the upper right corner on the menu bar) and search for files with the .dmg extension.Restoring a Company File from a DMGTo restore the Company File from the DMG.
  • Double click the .dmg file. A new window opens and a "Ghost" drive is created on your Desktop.Note: The window displays the backed up data file along with any Attached Documents QuickBooks would have backed up (if applicable).
  • Drag the company file (with the .qb20XX extension) to the folder where you want to store the QuickBooks client file.
  • Drag the Attached Documents Library folder (if applicable) to the same folder as the QuickBooks client file.
  • Open your company file by double-clicking on it once it is in the new folder, or by clicking on File > Open in QuickBooks 20XX.
  • You may eject the "Ghost" drive created on your Desktop.
  • Restoring your Attached DocumentsTo restore your Attached Documents:
  • Go to QuickBooks > Preferences > Attachments.
  • Click the Attached Documents Library menu and choose Select Existing.
  • Navigate to the Attached Documents Library folder (you restored in Step 3 of Restoring a Company File from a DMG) and choose it.
  • Click Open.
  • Close the Preferences window - your choice is saved automatically.
  • Restoring a QBMB or MAC.QBB fileTo restore qbmb or .mac.qbb non image backup files created in any QuickBooks for Windows versions (QuickBooks for Windows 2016 and 2014 still create a mac.qbb and not a dmg file)
  • Copy the Mac-compatible backup to the Mac desktop.
  • Close QuickBooks.
  • Click the mac.qbb file. you copied to the desktop.
  • QuickBooks opens with messages that you are about to restore a backup and ask for a destination for the new file.
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