What happens if you lose all your Quicken data? If you created a backup of your data before it disappeared, you can restore it to Quicken fairly easily. (If you don't have a backup, you can hope that Quicken made an automatic backup copy recently.)


Get your backup disk, and insert or connect it to your computer.

If you have your backup on a CD or DVD, stick it in the CD/DVD drive. If you have a device that connects by USB (such as a flash drive), plug it in.


Start Quicken.

You may need to reinstall Quicken. It’s possible that you may even need to reinstall Windows.


Choose File→Backup and Restore→Restore from Backup File.

Quicken probably displays a menu listing the automatic backup copies of the Quicken data file that Quicken has secretly previously made. If you want to use one of those backups, simply select the one you want to use. Quicken then automatically restores the file for you — and you get to skip ahead to Step 8.


Click the Restore from Backup button, and then click the Browse button.

Quicken looks at the selected folder or disk and displays a list of the files stored there.


If your backup copy of the file is on a disk, select the drive in which you placed that disk in the Look In drop-down list.

The files on that particular drive appear in the list.


Select the file you want to restore, and then click OK.

If the file you select is the one Quicken used last, the program displays a message asking whether it’s okay to overwrite, or replace, the file with the one stored on the disk.


Click OK.

Quicken replaces the file it’s currently using with the one from the backup disk. After it finishes, Quicken displays a message telling you that it has restored the file. You’re almost done.


In the register windows for each of the accounts in a file, re-enter each of the transactions you recorded since you created the backup.

Be sure that you update your accounts because you’ve almost certainly entered transactions since the last time you backed up.

Just to be on the safe side, you should back up the file after you complete the restoration. Using a new flash drive is probably a good idea, too. If you have hard-drive problems or another recurring problem, whatever fouled up your file this time may rear its ugly head again — and soon.