Data damage means something has scrambled the bits and bytes on your hard drive where the data file is stored and QuickBooks Desktop cannot read the data correctly.
These are some common causes of data damage and how to minimize their effects.
Please be aware that preventing and repairing data damage is the responsibility of you, the QuickBooks Desktop user. To that end, it is incumbent on you, the user, to
In addition, your best defense again data damage is to make, test and store backups properly. To protect your data, you may want to consider a backup routine similar to the one below. If this sounds like too much, consider how much time and money it will take to recreate just the current portion your data file. Then estimate the business you may lose while recreating your company file.