How to fix Error -6000, -305: when opening a company file

If you are using Intuit's QuickBooks for your accounting purpose then you may got this error message when you are trying to open your company file:

Error -6000, -305

If you are getting this error you might not be able to open your company file in any case.

Two main reasons behind this error:

1) Company file might be corruptted or damaged.
2) An issue with the QuickBooks networking setup

There are multiple solutions to resolve this error message:

1) First download and run the QuickBooks File Doctor. The tool will help you to detect QuickBooks data damage & repair it.

It the tool doesn't repair it, you have three more options to resolve this:

a. Restore from good backup copy of company file: If you have backup then this option is one of the best option to resolve this error. You can select this option from the main menu bar, select File and then Restore.

b. Verify Data and Rebuild Data help users to you find and repair damaged  company file. You can select this option From the main menu bar, select File → Verify Company File. Users should be run weekly Verify Data as part of your routine file maintenance.  

c. Restore all data using Auto Data Recovery option: Auto Data Recovery option helps users to recover your data. This option is available for QuickBooks 2010 R12 and QuickBooks 2011 R6 (Pro and Premier only).

d. Third Party QuickBooks Recovery Software: If these solution does not resolve the issue, you can use third party QuickBooks Recovery Software to recover corrupted .QBW files.

The methods that I’ve shared, will definitely resolve this error message.  But my first recommendation is always restore corrupt company file from good backup copy.


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