10 year old files

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dave white

26 Sep, 2021 11:46 PM

i have some old moneydance files i need to resurrect for tax purposes.
example file "moneydance jan 24 10.md-2011-08-29"
i presume you have moved on to new file formats and this format has been abandoned as your new version does not recognize these files.
i may be able to resurrect an old computer with old moneydance to do this but doing it on my newish mac would be nicer.
any help would be appreciated. perhaps you have a standalone converter?

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 27 Sep, 2021 12:16 AM

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    Hi dave white,

    The "moneydance jan 24 10.md-2011-08-29" file looks to be a backup file for an older version of Moneydance.

    You have two options...

    A) You can download the version of Moneydance that you used to create that file and then rename "moneydance jan 24 10.md-2011-08-29" to "moneydance jan 24 10.md by removing the -2011-08-29. You should then be able to open the file using that version of Moneydance.

    B) You can rename "moneydance jan 24 10.md-2011-08-29" to "moneydance jan 24 10.md by removing the -2011-08-29. Doing should allow newer versions of Moneydance to convert the older version to the newer format.

    From reading your post, it sounds like you may have already installed a newer version of Moneydance so...
    Back up / make a copy of your original file, (moneydance jan 24 10.md-2011-08-29) then rename the file as suggested above, then try opening it with the newer version.

    -Kevin N. (not a member of MD support)

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Ethan on 27 Sep, 2021 12:27 AM

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    Just to add to Kevin's excellent information above: If you rename and open that file using a newer version of the program (by using the open other option from the Moneydance welcome screen or the menu bar [File -> Open -> Open Other]), the program will convert the .md data file to the newer .moneydance file format. There's no way to actually update the .md data file that you have now in a newer version, but you can edit all that data after it has been converted into that .moneydance format. I mention this mostly so you don't make any changes and think they're being saved in the .md file.

    If you do want to try Kevin's method A instead, I recommend using Moneydance 2011, which was the last version that used the .md format, and should be able to open any .md file made in a previous version. That also seems consistent with the 'date' at the end of your backup file name.

    Infinite Kind Support

  3. Ethan closed this discussion on 27 Sep, 2021 12:27 AM.

  4. David re-opened this discussion on 27 Sep, 2021 04:48 AM

  5. 3 Posted by David on 27 Sep, 2021 04:48 AM

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    Thank you
    I’ll try the link u supplied and try to load an older version
    I appreciate ur help

    Sent from my phone

  6. 4 Posted by David on 27 Sep, 2021 04:50 AM

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    Thanks Ethan
    If I can get an old version running I will do that.

    Sent from my phone

  7. 5 Posted by sth on 28 Sep, 2021 12:51 AM

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    Note that older versions of MD have issues running on newer versions of the Mac OS.

    MD Minimum Versions
    Moneydance 2019.3 is the minimum version for Catalina.
    Moneydance 2021.1 (2010) is the minimum version for Big Sur

    IK Support may have more info.

  8. 6 Posted by David on 28 Sep, 2021 01:24 AM

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    Is there an old version that runs on Linux?

    Sent from my phone

  9. 7 Posted by dwg on 28 Sep, 2021 01:31 AM

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    Versions of Moneydance for Linux are on the same download pages as for macOS and Windows. Kevin pointed to the pages in post #1.

  10. 8 Posted by David on 28 Sep, 2021 11:45 PM

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    Yes, thanks to u all.
    Neither Mac or Ubuntu are working out of the box so I’m wrestling with the tarball now. I shall prevail eventually.

    Sent from my phone

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