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Sage50c Backups: Keeping Your Data Tidy

How often do you backup?


Posted by Alison Mead on 09/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

There is nothing worse than losing data in your accounting package. Data corruptions can happen at any time, which is why I recommend in Sage50c saying yes to checking your data and backing up at least once per day ...

I always recommend taking regular Sage50c backups!

I always recommend taking regular Sage50c backups!

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This also means you should check and backup before you do a data import or anything else which could change your data. These backups are there so if your data is ever corrupted (which can happen for many different reasons) you can go back to a 'clean' non-corrupted version, though you may need to re-enter any new data since you took the backup.

But what if you have been using Sage50c for years, and you are backing up your data every day, you may well have a huge volume of data backups filling up your disk space so what should you do?

When I reach the end of a VAT quarter or the year-end, I take an extra backup and just add a comment at the end of the backup file just before the,001 to say VAT or YEAR-END so these backups stand out in the long list of files.

Then once a year, or more often if disk space is an issue, I go back and delete all the normal 'daily' backups from the past, as it is unlikely these will ever be needed, but just keep the special backups marked VAT or YEAR-END.

"This will mean you have a snapshot of your data that could be restored to refer to just from each quarter and year-end!"

It's just another maintenance task that you should undertake regularly so you don't end up with a disk full of needless data. So, when did you last tidy up your backup folder?

Until next time ...



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About Alison Mead ...


Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.

She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.

Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.

You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!


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