Move datafiles to OneDrive?

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Sue Bee

06 Dec, 2021 07:31 AM

Hello - I am using the trial version to see if this software will suit my needs. I see the datafiles are stored on my c-drive with a daily backup. I prefer a more frequent backup and would like to move the datafiles to my OneDrive folder. What files do I need to move?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Maddy on 06 Dec, 2021 02:35 PM

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    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for contacting Moneydance support.

    Firstly, due to the way that OneDrive (and any other shared file system) works, it is possible and even likely that storing your data file there could cause "corruption" in your file. We've had customers who have stored their data file in Dropbox (or Google drive, MS OneDrive, iCloud, etc) who have lost data when the shared folder behaved in a way different than a normal non-synced folder. Systems such as OneDrive, iCloud, etc can sometimes remove the files from your computer, which, especially if Moneydance is running at the time, causes chaos because Moneydance expects a file that it writes to storage to still be there if it tries to read it again later.

    We definitely understand the desire to have your data stored in OneDrive in order to have access to it everywhere and have safely-in-the-cloud copies. However, I would recommend doing two things instead:

    1) setting your automatic backup folder (in the Backups tab of the Moneydance preferences window) to a folder that is synced with Dropbox,

    and

    2) Enabling syncing using the File->Syncing menu in Moneydance, even if you aren't syncing between computers or mobile devices.

    Doing those two things will give you historical in-the-cloud backups, as well as an additional incrementally-synced copy of your data.
    Both copies of your data will be fully encrypted and are not at risk of the same corruption.

    I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions or need more assistance.

    --
    Maddy, Infinite Kind Support

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