How to Repair a Quicken Database

by Jay Darrington

Because Quicken files hold so much information about personal finances, if something should happen to the Quicken program's database to render it corrupt, it can lock you out of your finances. Fortunately, Quicken has a method built into its program that allows you to recover at least part of a corrupt database. By using Quicken's Database Validate utility, you can check your database and have Quicken automatically repair any errors it finds.

Step 1

Click on the "File" button in Quicken.

Step 2

Hover over the "File Operations" option.

Step 3

Click "Validate" in the window that appears.

Click "OK" at the prompt.


  • Due to corruption, some data may not be restored as a result of repairing the database.


  • If possible, try to restore a backup of your Quicken data before following these steps by clicking "File," then "Restore Backup File," then opening the backup using the file dialog that appears.


About the Author

Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.

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