Can't load a backup I exported only this morning

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Simon Hartley

07 Jul, 2020 05:03 PM

We're having dreadful trouble recovering from a crash last week and we finally got one machine correct this morning only to find that when we switched on the other machine it was completely wrong. Fortunately I had backed up before switching on the second machine but now I'm trying to load that back up and it just says "Error unknown file type"!


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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ethan on 07 Jul, 2020 08:02 PM

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    Can you please confirm which version of Moneydance you were using, and how you created the backup file? If you created it manually through File -> Export Backup, it looks like it may have just lost its .moneydancearchive extension at the end of the file name, preventing the program from recognizing it.

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  2. 2 Posted by Simon Hartley on 07 Jul, 2020 09:23 PM

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    Hi Ethan,

    Thanks for your prompt reply. We were using version 2019.3 (1880). So it would be worth just adding the .moneydancearchive to the name?

    Many thanks


  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 07 Jul, 2020 09:29 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    Yes add the .moneydancearchive to the name. it is this that indicates to Moneydance that the file should be a Moneydance backup

  4. Maddy closed this discussion on 10 Jul, 2020 03:34 PM.

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