HELP - restore to PC from Dropbox folder?

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12 Sep, 2022 04:22 PM

Win 10 on my laptop died suddenly and had to be re-installed. I was unable to recover the contents of my laptop .moneydance folder. I can access my accounts in the Moneydance iOS and iPadOS apps. Is there a way to restore these accounts to the Windows app using the folders in Dropbox > .moneydance?

  1. 1 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 12 Sep, 2022 04:26 PM

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    Yup. As long as you are on a recent version and it depends how ‘whole’ / complete your Dropbox folder is.

    Install MD.

    1. At welcome screen, open other, then I think it’s open sync copy.
    2. File. New. Open sync copy. Select the Dropbox folder. Select your dataset.

  2. 2 Posted by swanky333 on 12 Sep, 2022 04:59 PM

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    #2 did the trick. Thanks so much for the info and promptness.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 12 Sep, 2022 10:00 PM

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    For the future make sure you take regular routine backups and store them in a safe place.

    While recovery from the sync data is possible it cannot always be guaranteed to work and depending on the problem you are trying to recover from it may be corrupted and hence unusable.

  4. 4 Posted by derekkent23 on 13 Sep, 2022 06:42 AM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi swanky333

    As dwg suggests make sure you have Moneydance created backups.
    One way to do this is set up backup under PREFERENCES – BACKUP set up auto backup using a remote location such a as a folder in Dropbox. Then even if your computer fails and you need to setup again your data can be restored using Moneydance's RESTORE FROM BACKUP.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Maddy closed this discussion on 13 Sep, 2022 08:34 AM.

  6. swanky333 re-opened this discussion on 13 Sep, 2022 03:18 PM

  7. 5 Posted by swanky333 on 13 Sep, 2022 03:18 PM

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    Thanks to all. I'm ordinarily a bit compulsive about backing things up but, duh, didn't think about the local .moneydance folder suddenly becoming unavailable. I'm now backing up to the cloud.

  8. System closed this discussion on 13 Dec, 2022 03:20 PM.

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