Could it be you are using a Microsoft logon account, vs local account on your computer? If so, your MD data file may be on a MS server somewhere.
If you do use a MS account, you might want to tell MD to save its backup to your local drive (in preferences) because it can be opened by MD just like your main file and its location is user specified. Mine is actually on a USB stick so I can remove it for travel and use it with Windows or Mac copies of MD. Of course, if you do use the backup for your main file, you would have to do a restore or copy to your main to avoid having to reenter work.
"Could it be you are using a Microsoft logon account, vs local account on your computer? If so, your MD data file may be on a MS server somewhere."
If this is the case, I am not sure how this could have happened, as I originally located my MD data folder onto one of my internal hard drives; I can only assume that the transfer took place during one of Microsoft's major updates.
The big question, is how do I transfer this back onto one of my internal hard drives
I have attached two more images:-
First:- 1066bht, which is one up on the data folded image, in my original post
Second Desktop, which is two on the data folded image, in my original post (The highest level)
As stated earlier, I have searched for the folder 1066bht, and Windows search cannot find it; so it looks as if you may be correct in that it is a MS (presumably cloud) account; but how did it get there and how do I get it back.
Your other point, I do already back MD to an external Hard drive, but use this only to restore, should there be a corruption in MD.
Thank you for the link for Money Foresight, but I already have a copy of 52, for which I have a licence.
The latest version of Moneydance came with Money Foresight 53.
The problem I had with Moneydance, latest version, is that I could not find a means of removing version 53, and installing 52 - I could not see the remove/install option in manage extensions No sign of Add from File.
This is all from memory, as I am reluctant to try installing the latest version of MoneyDance, just in case I run into further problems
Performing step A) is NOT something that should be attempted.
The .moneydance folder is a folder created by Moneydance by default. If you move it, Moneydance will just recreate it the next time that you start the program. This may or may not account for some of the additional data files created in the 'Documents' folder.
Moneydance looks to the .moneydance folder for it's settings when starting. Leave the .moneydance folder where it is.
Make sure Moneydance is closed.
Try moving the Moneydance Accounts 20182012-0810 2 2 2 2 2 2 2.moneydance data file folder.
For the purpose of this test, move the Moneydance Accounts 20182012-0810 2 2 2 2 2 2 2.moneydance folder to someplace that you're sure to have the required permissions. e.g. your Windows Desktop.
Now see if you can use the 'Open Other' option in Moneydance to navigate to and access the Moneydance Accounts 20182012-0810 2 2 2 2 2 2 2.moneydance data file.
My “Financial Data” is now being saved, on closure of MD, to one of my
two internal hard drives, with the “MD Backup”, being saved to the other
internal hard drives (My operating system is on a dedicated SSD).
What surprised me a little, is that if I go to HELP, and then “Show
Documents Folder”, this takes me back to “1066bht >> moneydance >>
Documents”, which is now empty.
I had expected, HELP and then “Show Documents Folder”, to take me to
where my “Financial Data” was stored; presumably this is not the case?
Appreciate any comment on this!
The only other issue, I have is with “MD Backup”.
Despite setting “MD Backup” to “Keep no more than 5 Backups”, MD keeps
creating a new backup, ever time MD closes down, without deleting older
Hence, I have to delete old MD Backups, manually.
Appreciate any comment on this!
I have attached some images relating to the above.
I’m most grateful for you help, resolving my primary issue.
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From: "General" <[email blocked]>
To: "MoneyDance" <[email blocked]>
Sent: 20/09/2020 18:20:01
Subject: Re: Moving of Data Folder [Problems #62993]
>Thank you for your suggestions and advice; I will try this out
>tomorrow, and up date you.
>Please not that I have deleted the video, as information on my accounts
>could be used by Scammers
I'm glad to hear that you were able to this sorted.
With regards to the Moneydance menu item Help > Show Documents Folder, this opens to the default location for Moneydance data files. If I remember correctly, there is an improvement ticket in the queue for Moneydance to 'learn' where a user's data file is stored once it is moved so that the menu item takes you there but I don't see this as a high priority request. So you can take the ticket with a grain of salt.
Regarding the number of backups being created, I can't see the entire name of the data file (per the screenshot) to see if indeed more than 5 backups of any given data file is being created. If I may make a suggestion, shorten the name of the original data file to something that is more manageable. Keep in mind that doing so will create a new set of 5 backup data files reflecting the new name.
Thank you for your message, and your suggestion to shorten the name of the Backup file
Actually, my suggestion was to shorten the name of the original data file, not the backup.
You are correct that this can not be accomplished within Moneydance and should be performed using Windows' File Explorer.
Renaming the original data file to, let's say, Moneydance Accounts - without all of the extraneous numbers would be fine. Make sure to retain the file extension when renaming the data file.
The end result should be Moneydance Accounts.moneydance
Do not change the names of the backups.
An additional note: After renaming the data file, you'll need to use the 'Open Other' option in Moneydance, one more time to navigate to the original data file that you just renamed. Going forward, Moneydance will open the original data file by default.
Yep, life can get complicated alright. I'm 64, so hang in there, us old-timers will hopefully get to the bottom of this. : )