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Try it. I'm not sure if it will restore the complete return (Lacerte seems to have multiple files for a client). But it sounds like at least something would be better than nothing.
Ideally, you are doing regular backups and would restore from your back up.
Yes. The *idata* folder contains all the various & sundry files you should need.
IF you have that *idata* folder/file on a flash drive (or where ever you DO have it..) just change the data path to THAT location & try. Then you don't risk messing with the current, working idata folder.
I routinely (daily during filing season...) copy/paste all of my ?data folders to a flash drive. The folder on the flash drive is 2019LacerteDataCopy, in that folder are subfolders by date (2.1.20. 2.2.20, etc.) In each subfolder is cdata, idata, fdata, pdata, rdata,sdata. Once a month, I create a new folder under 2019LacerteDataCopy (Feb, March, etc) and move all the daily copies there.
This flash drive is encrypted and is with me at all times.
I will then copy that back over to my NAS, and it's backed up by Carbonite.
I also do regular backups, but those take more time and slow the program down. Copy/paste is quicker.