Validation Problems

I've been getting complaints about my QDF file from Q17 Home & Business for several weeks now. Since the utility is called "Validate and Repair," why am I still getting these messages?

(The QEL has been flagged for years.)

Is there anything I can, or should, be doing about this?


[Sat Feb 15 18:01:19 2020]

File: "C:\Users\Mark\Documents\Quicken\Qdata"

Damaged data block.
Damaged data block.
Damaged data block.
Damaged data block.
Validating your data.

The old file was corrupt and only some of the data has been recovered.

All internal consistency checks passed.

[Sat Feb 15 18:03:12 2020]
Validation has completed.

Best Answer


  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sorry, you are hosed. "Damaged data block" means permanently and irreparably damaged.

    Your only hope (aside from starting a whole new data file) is to restore a backup from before the "damaged data block" errors and rebuild from there.
    Quicken user since version 2 for DOS, now using QWin Premier Subscription on Win10 Pro.
  • Mark Wallace
    Mark Wallace Member ✭✭
    @q_lurker asks "What sort of complaints ..."

    The ones shown in the log file at the bottom of my original post.
  • Mark Wallace
    Mark Wallace Member ✭✭
    I ran the command File .. File Operations .. Copy ..., and then loaded the new copy in place of the old main file. It now passes all tests.
  • markus1957
    markus1957 SuperUser, Windows Beta Beta
    You are the first person ever that I can recall who was able to repair a file with a "damaged data block".  Note that in this Knowledge Base article, Quicken maintains what you were able to do, cannot be done; "damaged data block" is still considered irreparable.
  • Mark Wallace
    Mark Wallace Member ✭✭
    @markus1957 - I went back and had a look at the QDF files. The old one (with the errors) was 129,595 KB, and the new one (the result of the copy operation) is now 118,041 KB (after a handful of additional data entry transactions).

    All of the open account balances look correct, but I don't have time to go back and verify all of the history for closed accounts. Maybe the copy was able to discard some blocks that I don't need anyway, but were still able to set off the verify logic?
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