Thank you all.  I will be trying to apply all of this wisdom sometime later 




From: Buddha Buck [] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:31 AM
To: Geert Janssens <>;
Cc: L. Wayne <>
Subject: Re: recovering accounting system


As a continuation/clarification of Geert's remarks...


If you do end up doing a search for files with the .gnucash extension, you will 
likely see many files with names like mydata.gnucash.20170324180307.gnucash in 
addition to mydata.gnucash. The long ones with the timestamp in the name are 
backups that gnucash automatically generates, capturing the state of the 
transactions at that timestamp. These are useful for data recovery in case you 
can't read the root mydata.gnucash file.


For clarification, "mydata" is arbitrary; you would have given it a name when 
you created it that's probably more meaningful than "mydata".


I would not recommend opening up the backup files and using them directly in 
gnucash without renaming them first. Otherwise, you'll get backup files with 
names like mydata.gnucash.20170324180307.gnucash.20170806153245.gnucash, and 
who wants that?



On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 6:22 AM Geert Janssens < 
<> > wrote:

On dinsdag 8 augustus 2017 18:29:44 CEST L. Wayne wrote:
> Help!  My computer crashed and I was forced to clean install windows 10.  I
> do  have backups.  I have loaded Gnucash exe back onto my machine.
> However, I can not locate the previous files I had for my accounting.
> Where is the data I previously had and how do I “point” my new Gnucash
> program to this data for recovery?
> What are the extensions I am looking for? Where are they likely to be found
> in the system? How do I bring my “new”  Gnucash to that location so that I
> can continue my accounting?

It's good you made backups! That will simplify the recovery quite a bit!

Gnucash data is simply stored in a file, just like you would save a word or
excel document. The only difference is that gnucash opens the last used file

The way to tell gnucash to open that file again is like with any other
- either you double-click on the data file and gnucash will open it (and
remember it for next time)
- you start gnucash, choose File->Open and navigate to your data file
somewhere on your hard drive.

As to where this file may be, that depends entirely on where you saved it when
you first created the file. Gnucash doesn't decide this for you. You have been
asked to the first time where to save it.

If you don't remember, search for files with the '.gnucash' extension on your
backups, which is the normal extension for your gnucash files.

More background can be found in the Concepts and Tutorial guide [1] and in
or on the gnucash FAQ
FAQ#GnuCash_Files_and_managing_a_GnuCash_installation (and following).

You may also want to recover your settings. Where they are stored is explained



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