The Difference Between a QuickBooks Backup and Portable Copy

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in QuickBooks Tips | 0 comments

When you backup your company file, QuickBooks creates everything that it needs to re-create it.  That means all images, logo’s, letters, templates and transaction log. If you happen to lose or damage this file, you can completely restore this from your backup file which has a file extension of .qbb.

This file is usually quite large and is not meant to be emailed or used to temporarily move your company data.

If you require the movement of this data, then you should create a compressed copy called a portable company file. Now this file is small enough to send via email but only contains the financial data. Another difference is that the portable file does not contain the  images, logo’s, letters, templates or the QuickBooks transaction log, which has a file extension of .tlg.

Next up – How to Backup and Restore a portable company file.

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