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Error: -6147,0: This is not a QuickBooks data file or there is a problem with the data file

When you open the company file or restore a company backup (*.QBB extension), you receive the following error:

This is not a QuickBooks data file or there is a problem with the data file. Please contact Intuit Technical Support and provide them with the following error codes: (-6147, 0)

Why this is happening

You might see this error if:

  • Your company file is damaged.
  • Your are trying to restore a backup (*.QBB extension) from a network drive.
  • Your backup file name (including the path) exceeds the limit of 210 characters.
How to fix it

Important: Ensure that your QuickBooks is up to date before you follow the steps shown below.

 
KB ID# SLN40308
12/3/2016 1:39:27 AM
PPRDQSSWS400 9138 Pro 2017 e124e8