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Recovering A Deleted Data Source


Published: 09 Oct 2013
Last Modified Date: 31 Aug 2015

Question

How to recover a deleted data source.

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Server

Answer

Option 1: Reconnect to the data source in the workbook

  1. Navigate to the My Data Repository folder.
  2. Click and drag the data source into Tableau Desktop.

Option 2: Search for the data source

  1. Search your computer or server for *.tds.
  2. Click and drag the data source into Tableau Desktop.
  3. Go to Data > Data Source > Add to Saved Data Sources.

Option 3: Download the data source from Tableau Server and make a local copy

  1. In Tableau Desktop, go to Server > Log On....
  2. Enter your credentials and click OK.
  3. Go to Data > Connect to Data.
  4. Click on the published data source.
  5. Go to Data > <data source> > Create Local Copy....

Option 4: Restore from backup

Contact your internal IT team for assistance locating and restoring the file from a backup.

Option 5: Recreate the data source

  1. Connect to underlying database.
  2. Create table joins as necessary.
  3. Go to Data > Data Source > Add to Saved Data Sources.

Additional Information

  • The My Tableau Repository folder is typically located at C:\Users\<username>\Documents\My Tableau Repository.
  • Location of My Tableau Repository folder can be identified by going to File > Repository Location....
  • Tableau Data Source files have a file extention of .tds.
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