Data migration FAQ's

For those who have are still thinking to migrate on tally 8.1 and for those who have worked on tally's older verion and now bought Tally 8.1, data migration will be a problem. Following FAQ's would help you in taking the fast desicision. You can find these data migration FAQ's Here also in PDF Format. For your ease here is the full text.
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Q 1: What is Tally Data Migration Tool and how does it help?
Answer:
The Tally Data Migration Tool helps in migrating the data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.2.
This works with the Tally 8.1 exe and allows you to migrate company data (Masters, Vouchers and Reports). This tool also allows the migration of TCP (Tally Compliant
Product) files.

Q 2: Is it possible to access/work with Tally 7.2 data without migrating the same to Tally 8.1 after installing Tally 8.1?
Answer:
No. Once Tally 8.1 is installed, you will not be able to work with Tally 7.2 data, without migrating the same to Tally 8.1.

Q 3: Can Tally 7.2 data be migrated if there is only a single error?
Answer:
No, data migration will not take place, even if there is only one error during the migration process. In other words, you will not see any partial /incomplete migrated data of 7.2, in the data directory from where you selected to migrate.

Q 4: How do I migrate data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1?
Answer:
If you are an existing Tally 7.2 customer, follow the steps given below:

1. Install Tally 8.1

2. Go to Start > Programs > Tally 8.1 > TallymigrateData. (You can also begin the process by double clicking on tally72migrate.exe file in the Tally application folder).

3. Two splash screens, Tally Data Migration Tool and Tally 8.1 appear.

4. Click the Migrate Data on the Tally Data Migration Tool screen to select the company whose data needs to be migrated from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1.

5. Specify /select the data directory in the directory field and select the company from the list of companies.

6. Data Migration Tool loads the data of selected company and displays a pop-up to confirm migration.

7. Press ‘Enter’ to accept, and complete the migration of selected company.

8. The status of migration from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1 can be seen on the Migration Messages Pane.

9. When the migration is complete, it displays a information pop-up, “migration completed, check statistics (press any key)”, followed by congratulation message in yellow box.

10. If any error occurs during migration, it gets logged into a file ‘migration.err’, which is automatically generated and made available in the Tally application folder.

11. The migrated companies are saved in the Tally 7.2 data folder. The migrated data is prefixed with a ‘0’ and appears as a 5 digit number. For example, if the company folder number, before migration was ‘0099’, after migration it would be ‘00099’.

12. Now, you can start working on Tally 8.1, which has the migrated data.

Note: Ensure that the Tally 8.1.exe and the Migration Tool are in the same folder.


Q 5: Is it possible to migrate the data of company which has already been migrated to Tally 8.1 from Tally 7.2?
Answer:
If you try to migrate a company that has already been migrated to Tally 8.1 from Tally
7.2, you will get the following warning message in yellow box.

Warning!!!
This company was already created by migration!
If you start migration again the created 8.1 company will be DELETED
(Press ‘Enter’ to Continue)
If you press Enter, Migration tool will prompt you to confirm deletion of company. Once the deletion is confirmed, it will again prompt to confirm Migration. If confirmed, the Migration Tool will begin the process.

Q 6: I have passed 100 voucher entries in Tally 8.1 after migrating from Tally 7.2. If I again migrate the data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1, will the entries made in Tally 8.1 be retained?
Answer:
No, Migration tool will not retain those 100 voucher entries passed in Tally 8.1, as it deletes the migrated company completely and begins the migration process again. You will have to re-enter those 100 vouchers.

Q 7: If I have used or enabled Payroll in Tally 7.2, will my data get migrated to 8.1?
Answer:
No, when you migrate a company data having payroll enabled and/or using the same,
Tally data migration tool will display the following message.
Sorry!
This company has Payroll feature enabled!
In this release, migration of Payroll company
Is not supported

(Press Enter’ to continue)
Pressing ‘Enter’ button will bring you back to the main menu of Tally Data Migration Tool.

Q 8: How do I migrate Group Company data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1?
Answer:
To migrate Group companies:

1. Migrate each member company individually from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1.

2. On successful migration, re-create the Group company in Tally 8.1.


Q 9: After migrating my data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1, the size of the data has increased by three times in 8.1 when compared to that of 7.2. Will the speed of Tally 8.1 decrease due to increase in size of the data?
Answer:
As the internal database of 8.1 has increased by three times, the data files also get increased. The speed of Tally 8.1 does not get decreased due to this.

Q 10: Where do I track the errors that occur while migrating data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1?
Answer:
If any errors occur during the migration process, it gets logged into a file called ‘migration.err’, which Tally generates automatically. This file exists in the Tally application folder.

Q 11: How do I migrate TCP from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1?
Answer:
To migrate the TCP files to Tally 8.1:

1. Go to Start > Programs > Tally 8.1 > TallymigrateData. (You can also double click on tally72migrate.exe file in the Tally application folder)

2. Two splash screens, Tally Data Migration Tool and Tally 8.1 will appear.

3. Select ‘Migrate TCP’ from the Migration Tool Menu.

4. Once selected, the tool starts to process the Tally 7.2 TCP and also generates another TCP, which is compatible with Tally 8.1. This file gets stored in the same folder in which the original TCP was stored.

5. The generated Tally 8.1 TCP will contain a suffix ‘9’ in its file name. For example, if your Tally 7.2 TCP’s name is ‘transfers.tcp’, the Tally 8.1 TCP will have the name ‘transfers9.tcp’.

Please note that during the migration process, only the TCP files mentioned in the
Tally.ini file will be migrated from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1.

Q 12: Can I upgrade Tally 6.3 data to Tally 8.1?
Answer:
Yes, you can upgrade Tally 6.3 data to 8.1. Tally Migration Tool will detect 6.3, if you select ‘Migrate Data’. Specify the path of Tally 6.3 data.

Q 13: When I have migrated my data from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1, and have passed vouchers using Tally 8.1, can I go back to Tally 7.2 and use my current data?
Answer:
No, you cannot migrate Tally 8.1 data back to Tally 7.2.

Q 14: After migrating TCP (Tally Compliant Product) file from Tally 7.2 to Tally 8.1, will the converted TCP work in Tally 8.1?
Answer:
Yes. The migrated TCP will work in Tally 8.1.

Q 15: If I use txt files for my customisation coding, will the same work in Tally 8.1?
Answer:
Yes, txt files will work in Tally 8.1.

Q 16: Will I be able to migrate my txt file (customisation file in txt file)?
Answer:
No. Tally Migration Tool allows migration of only TCP files.

Q 17: TCP file which was working in 6.3 / 7.2 is not working after migrating to Tally 8.1. How do I resolve this problem?
Answer:
Please contact the Tally Partner who has provided you the customisation.

Q 18: Will my customisation file of Tally 5.4/ 6.3/ 7.2 work in 8.1?
Answer:
If you have migrated your customisation file from 5.4 version to 6.3 and from 6.3 to 7.2, then, by compiling the same to a TCP file, you can migrate the same using migration tool.

Shailendra Yadav

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