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Where is my data kept?

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Summary

How to check where your Sage 50 Accounts data's held.

Description

Sometimes it may be necessary to find where your Sage 50 Accounts data is kept. For example, to move data to a new location, or to carry out maintenance on your data. Let's take a look.

Resolution

CAUTION: Before making any changes, please ensure you take a full backup of your data. If you're unsure, please contact your local IT support or Sage.

How to check - I can open Sage 50 Accounts

  1. Open Sage 50 Accounts and the relevant company.
  2. On the menu bar, click Help then click About.
  3. In the Program Details area, the location of where the data is held is shown under Data Directory. For example:
    • C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2020\Company.000\Accdata

    CAUTION: You must stop the Sage 50 Accounts Data Service before renaming and creating any files.

How to check - I can't open Sage Accounts

  1. In Windows, browse to the following relevant folder:
     TIP: To show the ProgramData folder you may need to show hidden files and folders. 
    Sage 50 Accounts v29C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2023
    Sage 50 Accounts v28C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2022
    Sage 50 Accounts v27C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2021
    Sage 50  Accounts v26C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2020
    Sage 50 Accounts v25C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2019
    Sage 50 Accounts v24C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2018
    Sage 50 Accounts v23C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2017
    Sage 50 Accounts v22C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2016
    Sage 50 Accounts v21C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2015
  2. Double-click the COMPANY file and choose to open it using Notepad, then click OK.
  3. A notepad window opens, showing the path to your accounts data. If you have more than one company, all the paths show on separate lines.

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CAUTION: You must stop the Sage 50 Accounts Data Service before renaming and creating any files.