How to change the data directory in Tally after installation?

Tally data directory is located in tally program folder by default. But you wish to change the data in another location, due to some reasons. Here is a handy guide how to do it.

Before doing it you should know about tally data. in tally program folder there is a subfolder called “data” in this subfolder there is one or multiple folders serially numbered each folder denotes a company data. You can see multiple files are stored if you opened this serially numbered folder.

Drive:Tally » Data » 10000» data files

From tally 9 version data folders are created with  five digit like “00001″ where as tally 7.2  has only four digits,starts from “0001″.

There are two methods of changing data location.

Method 1

Consider the case, you have installed tally in drive c:,by default tally data folder located in C: TallyData. And now you wish to change the data directory in D:data.

It is highly recommended to keep a back-up of all existing companies before changing the data directory.

Now go to C:Tally, copy the folder “Data”  and paste in D:

Go back to C:Tally Directory, find out Tally.ini tally inifile and open it. Locate the following wordings.

;; Specify location of Data files
Data = C:TallyData

Change it as below

;; Specify location of Data files
Data = D:Data

Save Tally.ini file & close it, open Tally program press F1 from the gateway of Tally. You will lead to select company screen where you can check the data directory is D:Data.

directory location

Now tally will automatically save all the data’s to D drive. Now you can delete the directory “Data” from program folder from which we copied to D drive.

Method 2

Consider the same as above; changing directory from c:tallydata to D:Data

Open tally, Go to company info menu; if your tally auto loading of company is disabled program will directly go to company info menu. if auto loading is enabled Gateway of tally will open. In this case Press Alt+F3 to go to company info menu.

Take a Backup of data to some where on your computer for example : E:

Now go to tally program folder and open “Tally.ini” and locate the following wordings.

;; Specify location of Data files

Data = C:TallyData

Change it as below

;; Specify location of Data files

Data = D:Data

save and close Tally.ini file. Open the program, Company info menu will open, Select Restore press enter , restoration window will open like below.


the destination will be D:Data  and source will be the location where we have stored back up file, if the source  is different, type it manually, now select company from the list press enter and accept. The data is  stored in D:data. Check whether the data location is correct by Pressing F1. Now your tally data will start storing in D:Data.

Change the data directory in tally erp9 after installation

If you are using Tally ERP9 ,your data folder may be located at C:Tally.ERP9Data . If you need to change the location to D:Data , you can decide the location at F12 configuration.

Gateway of tally » F12 » Configuration » Data Configuration

Tally erp9 data config

After accepting the screen tally will ask you a confirmation for restart for effecting the changes made.

Now you need to  copy the data folder from C:Tally.ERP9 to D:

11 Responses to “How to change the data directory in Tally after installation?”

  1. Yash says:


  2. naga.sukanya says:

    Good morning sir/mam,
    i do.t no badget maintainance, so please guide me

  3. Mathavan says:

    Superb… I done this in My Lan connection

  4. how to change tally logo

    Plz help me ……………..

  5. JOSEPH says:

    how to you identify each each finance year data in tally folder

  6. Farzina Sahin says:

    Tally is the most useful tool for auditors . After innovation of this tool the work for accounting became 100 times easier .

  7. Sindhu says:

    actually i hve got installed the tally software bt i hve lost d path n ‘m nt able to open it please do help me

  8. PUJAN says:


  9. hijas says:

    i hve tally data file …..can u please explain how to add tht file to tally companies list…..
    first i pasted tht file in c drive:/tally>data>008(TALLY DATA FILE)
    after tht i opned tally 9 ..thn i went to company selection mode….and paste sme path on directory….but i cant access abv tally data file..thre showed “no companies on list”………please tell me sir how it slove????

  10. sini says:

    sir i did above steps. if tally will uninstall my created company a;so lost. i want to take back up. what i do? i did copy the data to d drive and in restore changed the source area but i could nt get the file. what is the reson. i think my tally is pairated copy.please give reply.

  11. PRAKASH says:

    Good job sir

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