How to restore Lost Laptop Hard Drive and Data files from Dropbox

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01 Nov, 2019 04:22 PM

My laptop hard drive needed to be replaced causing all the local drive data to be lost. All may data is backed up in Dropbox in a backup file. My portable devices still reflect the updates that are entered. Moneydance application has been download to my new laptop drive. I have tried to find the backup located in Dropbox with the Moneydance application, but am unable to find that backup using the application. It still exists in Dropbox as I can find it using Dropbox and the time stamp accurately display the last update time and date stamp. Ive included a list of Dropbox the directory that the Moneydance application sees and one that Dropbox application sees for your reference.

How do I restore all the back up data located in Dropbox back into the newly downloaded Moneydance application.?

Thank you

  1. 1 Posted by derekkent23 on 01 Nov, 2019 05:52 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    You don’t state, but I am assuming you are running Moneydance 2019?
    The following is based on this assumption.

    Manual backup. A manual backup can be made under FILE (MONEYDANCE on Mac) – BACKUP EXPORT. The file naming convention is yourdatasetname-yyyymmdd-tttt.moneydancearchive

    Automatic backup is set under FILE – PREFERENCES – BACKUPS. Auto backup makes a backup every time you close Moneydance. Moneydance only keep the last auto backup of the day, overwriting any previous auto backups for that day. You can set the number of backups to be kept. When this number is exceeded the oldest backup is deleted. The file naming convention is yourdatasetname.yyyy-mm-dd.moneydancearchive

    The default backup location can be found under HELP – SHOW BACKUP FOLDER. In both cases you can select the backup location and as such it is good practice to set the location on a cloud server such as Dropbox, in case your hard drive fails.

    Your screen shots do not show any backups in Dropbox.

    If your loss your data set on your primary computer and also your backups, but have been syncing to another device it should be possible to recover the data set.

    Open Moneydance on your primary computer. If Moneydance opens in the Welcome to Moneydance window click CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT SET or if Moneydance is open in a data set click FILE (MONEYDANCE on Mac) – NEW.
    Then click OPEN SYNCED FILE. Use the dropdown to set the same sync method as you were using. Click NEXT and highlight your data set from the list. Click NEXT and enter the same encryption password (passphrase) for syncing as before and click FINISH. If your data set is synced back into your computer it will be as a second computer data set, you can’t change the sync method and need converting into a primary computer data set as below. Also, you may find a lot of old, maybe closed accounts or other accounts you have removed from the side bar reappearing in the side bar. Use the “+” sign at bottom of side bar then ADVANCED to tidy up the side bar.

    Procedure for converting a secondary data set into a primary data set.

    Do a FILE – EXPORT BACKUP in case something goes wrong.

    To convert a secondary data set to a primary data set you need to run the attached script in Moneydance 2019. Don’t worry it states 2017.
    With your data set open click WINDOW - SHOW MONEYBOT CONSOLE use OPEN SCRIPT to select the script and click OPEN then RUN. Wait until the script has run, this may take some time. Close and reopen Moneydance. You should now be able to change the syncing method, leave it at the current syncing method.
    You should now find all your devices are syncing again with your primary data set recovered.

    Hope this helps.

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