A QlikView QVD file holds exactly one data table and consists of three parts:
A QVD contains the physical representation of an in-memory QlikView Table. This “RAM image” format is what allows an optimized QVD load to be so quick. The physical blocks of the disk are read directly into RAM, “ready to go”.
Numeric fields can be represented as a number or as a date (or timestamp). The software is trying to guess the data type and in certain situations, it is not possible to do it correctly. Ignore format option forces numeric representation of the data.