lost imformation

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mark hansel

24 Jan, 2012 05:38 PM

i recently created a new sub category and transfer old imformation into it. this act removed the information from my main checking acct, which this category was a part of. this was an effort to define this category more finely. when i access the newly moved information i can see it in detailed income & expences report but the subcategory is now not assigned to any of my accts. how do i reassign these entries back to my main checking acct

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 24 Jan, 2012 07:46 PM

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    Hi mark hansel,

    I think at this jucture, you may be best served by first restoring your data from a recent backup.

    By default Moneydance creates backup data files in the same directory as your main data file. The backup data files will be named the same as your main data file with the exception of having their creation date appended to them. For example mymoney.md-2012-01-04.

    To open a backup data file you must either open it from within Moneydance ( File > Open )( For Macs, Moneydance > Open ) or you can open the backup data file by first renaming the file with the appended creation date removed. For example mymoney.md.

    Once your data is restored, we can take a stab at this sub-category thing.

    HTH -Kevin N.

  2. 2 Posted by Lorne Chapman on 24 Jan, 2012 10:49 PM

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    I just upgraded to Lion and the first time I opened MD it couldn't find my account data.

    Thanks for the above solution - I happened on it and it resolved the problem right away

    Occasionally - two birds with one stone!

  3. 3 Posted by Mark Hansel on 25 Jan, 2012 12:32 AM

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    thx for the information. I found the backup file but am unable to restore it. I see no tab or reference to preform this act. - Mark

  4. 4 Posted by james f on 25 Jan, 2012 10:18 AM

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    Mark Hansel:
    What is the name of the backup file? If it looks something like
    mymoneydance.md-2012-01-23 , then you will have to rename it to something like mybackup.md .

    Then, within Moneydance, go to: File - Open - choose the folder where your backup is kept, then choose the backup .md file?

    Once you've done the above, you can go to: File - Save As, then save as whatever you wish as long as it ends in .md .

    -Kevin N.: Under Mac version of Moneydance, choosing File - Open is available.

  5. 5 Posted by Angie Rauscher on 25 Jan, 2012 04:04 PM

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    James's advice on renaming a file is correct. Once you've done this, you can check out some more details about using Batch Change here, as well as in the Moneydance User Guide. There are some specific suggestions about changing categories using batch change. To make a category the "child" of another category, go to the Tools->Categories menu, select a category and click Edit to change the Parent category.

    I hope this all helps, and please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

    Angie Rauscher
    Moneydance Support

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