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What happens if you lose all your Quicken 2012 data sometime after you've backed up? First of all, you can a little feel smug. Get a cup of coffee. Lean back in your chair. Gloat for a couple of minutes. You, my friend, will have no problem. After you’ve sufficiently gloated, carefully do the following to reinstate your Quicken data on the computer:

  1. Get your backup disk.

    Find the backup disk you created and carefully insert it or plug it in. (If you can’t find the backup disk, forget about feeling smug and stop gloating.)

  2. Start Quicken.

    You already know how to do this, right? By the way, if the disaster that caused you to lose your data also trashed other parts of your computer, you may need to reinstall Quicken. Shoot. It’s possible that you may even need to reinstall Windows.

  3. Choose File→Backup And Restore→Restore From Backup File on the menu.

    Quicken displays the Restore From Backup File dialog box, which lets you restore from one of Quicken's automatic backup copies, from a backup copy you made using the File→Backup And Restore→Backup Quicken File command, or from an online backup.

    To restore using one of the automatic backup copies of the Quicken data file that Quicken has secretly previously made, simply select the automatic backup copy you want to use. Quicken then automatically restores the file for you — and you get to skip ahead to Step 6.

    Alternatively, you can select 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 computer has another disk in it and this other disk has the backup copy of the file, use the Look In drop-down list box to select the other drive.

    If you want to restore from an online backup copy of the Quicken data file, select the Restore From Online Backup button.

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

    Use the arrow keys or the mouse to select the file that you want to restore.

    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.

    When you restore a file, you replace the current, in-memory version of the file with the backup version stored on the disk. Don’t restore a file for fun. Don’t restore a file for entertainment. Restore a file only if the current version is trashed, and you want to start over by using the version stored on the backup disk.

  5. Click Restore Backup.

    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.

  6. Update the account registers as necessary.

    Using 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 this process. 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.

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