MYOB Payroll – Backup & Restore

Question: I have just started with the MYOB Payroll software. I have a question just in regards to the backing up of the payroll file.

I have saved them (backed up) onto a flash stick  (I also saved it onto my C drive). However when I went to open them up I couldn’t read them. It was a whole lot of gibberish! Other than the backing up I do, does the MYOB software store copies on my Hardware also? Also I have a password to open up the MYOB package, would that have anything to do with the fact that I cannot read the save timesheets etc.

Answer: Just as with MYOB Accounting, a backup in MYOB Payroll is a compressed, or zipped, file. Yrestoreou cannot open this file as it is; it needs to be restored before the information can be read.

Care needs to be taken when restoring a Payroll backup. It will overwrite your current file, so if you want to get back to how things are currently, be sure to have a backup of that current file.

To restore the backup, open MYOB Payroll, and select Restore from the File menu at the top of the screen. Point it towards the backup you wish to restore. You will be warned that the restored data will overwrite the current data.

Suggestion: If you want to check a payroll backup to see what you have done, then create a dummy payroll called “Bingo” then restore your backup over top of this one.



Lynley Averis

Lynley is an MYOB Certified Consultant & has been involved in training in New Zealand since 1985. She's written various accounting & MYOB workbooks including co-authoring “Bookkeeping for Dummies”. She has consulted on all versions of MYOB Accounting, Retail and Payroll over the past 18 years and has previously worked for MYOB. She currently consults to NZ businesses on all aspects of business systems - her mission for clients is for them to spend as little time as possible doing accounting!