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Sage 50 Data File Missing While Open Company file

Data File Missing Sage 50 Accounting

Sage 50 Required Data File Is Missing


The initial step is to ensure that the data file set is located in a directory where the user has full Windows rights and permissions for access. If there is any uncertainty, consider copying the ‘companyname.sai’ file along with the corresponding ‘companyname.saj’ folder to the desktop and attempt to open it from there. If encountering an ‘access rights’ error during the copy/move process or if the file opens without issue from the desktop, Windows rights or the lack thereof are likely the underlying problem.

For users operating on Vista or Windows 7, it is crucial to verify that your company data file set is not stored in the ‘C:\Program Files’ directory, as this area is now subject to strict control and protection measures. These built-in safeguards may impede proper access to the data file.

Furthermore, it is essential to ensure that both parts of the file, aside from the extension, match precisely in name. For instance, if a user intends to change the .sai file name to incorporate ‘2011,’ then the .saj folder name must undergo an identical naming adjustment. The names must align perfectly to enable effective communication and opening of the file set.

Sage 50 Cannot Open Company File Required Data File Missing

Sage 50 Data File Missing

Here, we present comprehensive information on this issue and provide practical solutions to resolve it while ensuring optimum performance. If you would like to learn more about this software’s capabilities, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated support team at AccountPro Sage 50 Support. Discover possibilities and meet challenges with Sage 50 for enhanced business performance.

Why Can’t Open Company File Data File Missing Error Happen?

Causes due to Sage 50 data file missing error issue create

There are various reasons why this Sage 50 Backup error occurs, all are listed below:

  1. The icon file (.SAI) or the data folder (.SAJ) is missing or doesn’t have matching names.
  2. Company data has been moved to a new computer system.
  3. The shared data file is not the same as the software version.
  4. The company file is typically opened on another computer.
  5. Files or folders not in the .SAJ folders are visible.
  6. Sage 50, the latest version of the software, has not been installed.
  7. There was a ransomware attack on the computer where the SAJ group of files is named incorrectly.
  8. If the file was renamed, which means the data file has a pound sign (#) or weird character in the file name.
  9. The files have been saved in a location synchronized with DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive, or any of your preferred digital storage services.

Points to be considered before Proceeding Solution

These methods can only work if you’ve installed the latest version of the Sage 50 application.

  1. Check Cloud File Services:
    Make sure your data file is not being stored/synced to OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or any other cloud file service where someone else can access it.
  2. Locate Sage 50 Data Folder:
    If you’re having trouble finding your Sage 50 Data folder, try locating it at C:\Sage 50 Data. Create a new folder if it doesn’t already exist.
  3. Malware/Spyware Scan:
    If you are unable to share the file over remote data access, consider doing a malware/spyware scan on your system. This scan can help identify potential issues that could be causing the problem.
  4. Install Antivirus and Anti-spyware:
    It is advised to have a subscription-based antivirus and anti-spyware suite installed on your PC. This provides additional protection against malicious software that may affect your data accessibility.
  5. Check File Name:
    Make sure the file name does not contain any special characters or symbols, especially avoid the use of # symbols. Special characters can sometimes cause problems with file access.
  6. Use Backup Restoration Wizard:
    When restoring from a backup, avoid using Windows Explorer. Instead, use the Backup Restoration Wizard provided in Sage 50. This method is more user-friendly and reduces the chances of errors.
  7. Recover Missing SAI File and SAJ Folder:
    If you updated to 2023.1 and are missing the SAI file and SAJ folder, you can recover them by navigating to Windows Explorer and locating a recent backup.
  8. Check Mapped Drive Connection:
    If your file is stored on a server, make sure you have an active mapped drive connection. This connection allows your computer to access the files on the server.

By following these steps, you can ensure access to your Sage 50 data files and troubleshoot common problems that may arise during the process.

Troubleshooting Steps of Sage 50 A Required Data File is Missing

How to fix a data file missing Sage 50 Error Message while opening a company file?

To fix the Sage data file missing, you need to verify the missing file with this procedure, all steps are listed below:

  1. Open .SAI Link File in Notepad:
    Start by opening the .SAI link file in a text editor such as Notepad. This allows you to view and edit the contents of the file.
  2. Verify Product Name and Version Sequence Number:
    Within the .SAI link file, check the product name and version serial number. Make sure the version sequence number follows the 5-digit code format.
  3. Correct the Version Sequence Number:
    If the version sequence number is not in the correct format, correct it by updating it to a valid 5-digit code. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the version sequence number is accurate.
  4. Open Company File with Corrected Version:
    Once you fix the version sequence number, open your company file using the correct version. This should allow you to access your company file without encountering any issues relating to the version sequence number.

If you are not able to resolve your issue with the above troubleshooting, you can go with this alternative solution with the following steps:

  1. Open the Run Window:
    Open the Run window on your computer. You can do this by pressing the Windows + R key.
  2. Type “Service.msc” in the Run Box:
    In the Run box that appears, type “Service.msc” and press Enter. This will open the Services window.
  3. Verify the Status of the “PSQL Workgroup Engine”:
    Find “PSQL Workgroup Engine” in the Services window. Right-click on it and verify its current status. Make sure it is either running or stopped as expected.
  4. Repeat the Process for Server Settings:
    After completing the previous steps, repeat the same process for Server Settings. Check the status of relevant services related to server configuration.

Sage 50 Error: “Cannot open the company file. A required data file is missing” Troubleshooting Steps for Data File Opening or Restoring from Backup.

There are a few possible solutions to the Sage 50 issue “Cannot open company file” that the experts have suggested.

Step 1: Confirm the sample company opens

  1. Launch the sample company
  2. If you find that your sample company does not open, please ensure that an anti-virus might not block the company because of deleted files in the Recycle bin.
    • AVG PC tuneup scans for duplicate files and deletes the duplicates. The remainder is sent to the recycle bin.
    • AVG and Avast are anti-malware software that prevents Sage 50 from installing on your computer.

Step 2: The icon file (.SAI) or the data folder (.SAJ) is missing

  1. Ensure that you’ve got both the Sage 50 icon file (.SAI) and a data folder (.SAJ) in the same location.
  2. If either of the files is missing and you have accidentally moved them, we can help! Simply undo these actions by going to “Subscriptions” within “Account Settings.” Search for the subscription that caused the problem, uncheck it, and click save.
  3. If you find yourself stuck in a situation where you don’t know how to undo the actions, then restore them from a backup.
  4. If the company data was stored in a .CAB file instead of a .SAI file, then the company must be restored from a backup. The .CAB file is just a backup and you won’t be able to read it unless you first restore it to your new company in Sage 50—CA Edition.

Step 3: Ensure that the computer that hosts the company data has the Connection Manager installed or the right Connection Manager installed

  1. When using Sage 50, it’s important to look in your installed programs tab to make sure that the Connection Manager is installed on your computer.
  2. When you are working with Sage 50, and you do not have the Connection Manager installed or updated, you should install the Connection Manager that matches your version of the product.
  3. In order to open the company from your computer, open the file and verify that you are connecting with the correct company.
    • Go to your Sage 50 screen and select Help from the home window. Then, go to About Sage 50.
    • Note down the Version and Release
    • The computer cannot open the company Open Sample Company from the welcome screen.
    • Open up your software, then click on “Help,” and then go to About Sage 50
    • Note down the Version and Release
      • If you have more than one computer in your office, upgrade or update the version/ release so that all computers are on the same version/release.
  4. You need to move all your company files to a computer that has Connection Manager software installed.

Step 4: The versions are matching

  1. Use Windows Explorer to access the SAI and SAJ files.
  2. Double-click on the SAJ folder to access it.
  3. Tap the SAI/SAJ icon in the upper-right corner to find another SAI file/SAJ folder.
    • Make sure you check through the “mysql”, “simply” and “performance_schema” folders within the .SAJ folder for nested SAJ folders and SAI files.
    • If you find SAI files and SAJ folders, move them into a new folder on your desktop or C drive.
    • If you can’t find the SAJ folder, your best bet would be to restore a backup that you made.
  4. Open the .SAI file in your Sage 50 Data file folder by double-clicking it.
    • If the SAI files for your company do not open, you’ll have to try opening them from the company file.
  5. When nothing seems to work as expected, contact the Sage 50 support team.

Step 5: The file is being accessed by multiple users

  1. We’ll verify that no users are in the company file.
  2. On Windows, Browse to the location where the Sage 50 Data file is located.
  3. Look into the file in the .SAJ folder to make sure that the software is running correctly.
    • If this file exists, either someone is currently logged into the system under single-user mode or there is a hung process. In order to continue using your computer normally, you will have to remove it first.
    • If you cannot remove it or delete the file, contact your IT technician to find out which program is connected and what can be done.

Step 6: Possible permission issues

  1. Copy the company file (SAI file) to a new folder with the same name on your C: Drive and check to see if you’re able to open that file now.
  2. If the company file is still inaccessible, Restore it from backup

Step 7: A strange folder is next to the .SAJ file.

  1. Check that the .SAJ folder is empty and then delete it.
  2. The folder with the strange name is called companyname.SAJ and this is used for your .SAI file.
  3. Please try to open the file again.
  4. If you cannot open or run the Sage 50 program, contact our customer service team. They may be able to help fix any issues related to the program, such as an unresponsive or infected company file.

Step 8: Files hidden in the SAJ folder are not viewable by default

  1. “Right-click” on the SAJ folder for your company file and then choose properties.
  2. In the General tab, under Attributes, check the boxes in the Read-only and Hidden boxes.
  3. Choose to Apply
  4. Make changes to the folder and its subfolders, then OK your changes.
  5. Now, remove the checkmarks from the two boxes and click Apply.
  6. Simply apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files, then click OK.
  7. Anyone can open the data with Sage 50.

Step 9: Files or folders are missing in the .SAJ folder

2022.3 and older:

2022.3 and older

2023.0 +:

  1. If any of the above are missing, perform a Windows search for the missing files/folders that are not in a .SAJ folder with these names.
  2. If you are unable to find these files in a Windows search, restore the company data from the backup

Error: “Cannot open the company file. A required data file is missing” when downloading from Remote Data Access.

Error: “Cannot open the company file. A required data file is missing” when downloading from Sage Drive on the secondary computer. Upon checking the .SAJ folder, only two files are present.

On the main data computer:

Issues encountered while attempting to perform “Save As” or “Save a Copy”. Save as operation failed with an error message: “Close any other applications before you try Save As again. The original company file … will be reopened”. Encounter an error message “Backup failed” when attempting to backup.

Cause of Sage 50 Error: “Unable to open the company file. A required data file is missing” during Remote Data Access download.

  • Application(s) are interfering with the sharing of data to the Sage Drive servers.
  • Multiple antivirus programs are installed on the main data location computer.
  • Spyware, malware, and adware are installed on the data location computer.

Solution Steps of Sage 50 Error: “Cannot open the company file. A required data file is missing” when downloading via Remote Data Access.

Perform the following steps to resolve the “Unable to open the company file. A required data file is missing” error during the Remote Data Access download:

  1. Run Sage 50 as an administrator on the computer where the company file opens successfully.
  2. Create a backup while running Sage 50 as an administrator.
  3. Pause sharing the company file on the computer running Sage 50 successfully.
  4. Resume sharing on the company file.
  5. Download the company file on the computer that was getting the “required data file was missing” error and confirm it opens.
  6. Verify that only one anti-virus program is installed, and remove spyware, malware, and adware.
  7. If the issue persists, launch the command prompt as an administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW. If any corrupt files are found and cannot be fixed, back up all personal files and reinstall Windows.
  8. Always create backups of all Sage 50-related files.
  9. If there is no backup available, try re-downloading the data from Sage Drive to a new filename.

Technical Support Data File Lost Sage 50 Pro, Premium, Quantum

After implementing all this assistance, if you are still not able to resolve the error or any query in your mind regarding Sage, you can contact the AccountsPro Sage Technical Support team via live chat, or send your question to our official website. To get in touch with the AccountsPro team, you can also chat with one of our technical experts via the Sage 50 LIVE CHAT link icon, which is given on the right side of our official website. The sage support team is always available to reply to your all queries in all possible ways.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I restore a Sage 50 Company File?

From the File menu, select Restore. Sage 50 displays the Open Backup File window. Note: You can also access Restore from the System Navigation Center. Enter or select the company backup file from where your Sage 50 backup file is located.

Where is my Sage 50 data stored?

Your Sage Data Path is easily found in Sage Accounts by going to Help>About>System Information>Directories>Data Directory.

How would I fix the program that does not open when opening a file error?

✅ Firstly browse the program path
✅ Discover the program path and data path for the instructions
✅ Search peachw.exe and right-click on it
✅ Choose the option named Send to, and click on the option named Desktop
✅ Now give a new name to the icon which says Sage 50 Accounting 20xx
✅ Locate the desktop icon and double-click on it

How to recover manually data from a dead hard drive?

✅ Connect your dead hard drive to a PC.
✅ Make your hard drive accessible.
✅ Download and install Disk Drill on your computer.
✅ Select your hard drive & click the ‘Recover’ button.
✅ Preview the found files.
✅ Select & save your files.

Why won’t Sage 50 open the company file?

The error can occur when the number of users exceeds the allowed limit for your subscription. If you are on a network, ensure that all users are signed out of Sage 50 and open Task Manager on the server. Select “Show processes from all users” and terminate all mysqld.exe processes under the processes tab.

How do I repair a company file in Sage?

To perform a file check and repair in Sage 50 Accounting, follow these steps:
✅ Open the Start Menu in Windows.
✅ Go to All Programs, then Sage, and select Sage 50 Accounting.
✅ Choose “Company File Check & Repair.”
✅ In the “Company Data File” section, click on “Browse” to select the file you want to scan.
✅ Select the type of scan you want to perform.
✅ Follow the prompts and instructions provided to complete the file check and repair process.

How do you open or access a Sage 50 company data file?

To access your Settings Directory in Windows and open the company file in Sage 50 Accounting, follow these steps:
✅ Press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer.
✅ Browse to the last folder in your Settings Directory. For example, the path could be C:\ProgramData\Sage\Accounts\2023.
✅ Double-click on the company file you want to open.
✅ If prompted, choose “Select the program from a list.”
✅ Click OK to proceed.
✅ The company file will open. Note that it is a text file with no extension.

Make sure you have the appropriate software installed to view and edit the contents of the company file.

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