Data File Location

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07 Dec, 2021 04:47 PM

I am currently running Moneydance 2011r2 (803).

In your help article ot say, "... we strongly recommend you do not store the file within a shared folder location, like Dropbox, OneDrive etc."

Can you please explain (simply) why you give this advice, as I have been running Moneydance with 2 separate data files, both stored on OneDrive?

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 07 Dec, 2021 07:34 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    The advice is for post Moneydance 2015 versions.

    The Moneydance syncing engine was released with the 2017 version of Moneydance and the way data is read/written has been changed to support the syncing engine.

    The way Moneydance interacts with its files is not compatible with the way many of these services handle files with the result that we have seen increased cases of data corruption. Hence we have the advise to not store your files on these services but to store them locally, it is quite permissible to use these type of services for your backups however.

  2. 2 Posted by nealepb on 07 Dec, 2021 08:08 PM

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    Thank you for that very prompt and helpful response. So I assume that, so long as I continue to use my old version(2011r3  (803)), which does not have the Moneydance sync engine, I will be OK continuing to store my files in OneDrive.

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  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 07 Dec, 2021 08:48 PM

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    It is not a zero risk proposition as these services can still do some strange things at times, we have seen that when using Dropbox to share data files with older versions of Moneydance, OneDrive was never tested in the scenario given its limited Operating System support. The best I could say is that it is probably a manageable risk.

  4. 4 Posted by jeff_l on 07 Dec, 2021 09:08 PM

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    Thinking about managing your risks, in your particular case, the important question is where do you store your Backups, I hope not also on OneDrive?

    If in the unlikely scenario that OneDrive becomes unavailable, a safe alternative location for your daily backups is paramount. I would hate to loose 10 years of my financial history!

  5. 5 Posted by nealepb on 07 Dec, 2021 10:09 PM

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    Hi @Jeff_I,
    Thank you for your contribution; you  make a good point.
    I thought that I had this covered.  My intention was that, whilst the live data files would be stored on OneDrive, the daily backups would be stored on the device where the progamme was run.
    However, on checking, it seems that ALL the files on the laptop are now on OneDrive.  It may be that, in a fit of unjustified enthusiasm, I moved them there without thinking the issue through - and  I was not aware until just now of the risk to my Moneydance data.  
    I have taken a copy of the live files on a USB stick, whilst I review my strategy.    
     Peter Neale

        On Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 21:08:14 GMT, jeff_l <[email blocked]> wrote:

  6. 6 Posted by dwg on 07 Dec, 2021 10:23 PM

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    Given we are taking about your financial history I would take an ultra cautious approach myself.

    1. I would store the data on the local disk.
    2. I would have one copy of the backup on the local disk
    3. I would have another copy of the backup on an external device (disk, memory key etc)
    4. If I also wanted an offsite backup I would store an encrypted copy of the backup on OneDrive.

    Before retirement I would take an encrypted copy of my backup to work and store it in locked desk and rotate it each day.

  7. 7 Posted by nealepb on 07 Dec, 2021 11:56 PM

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    Hi @dwg,
    Thanks for those thoughts.
    I'm not sure that I need to be quite so cautious, but I have now reverted my file storage arrangements, so that the backups are always stored on the local machine (and NOT in OneDrive).
     Peter Neale

        On Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 22:23:33 GMT, dwg <[email blocked]> wrote:

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