Where is MoneyDance data stored

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15 Feb, 2010 04:13 PM

After MD crashed it started up from scratch. I could not find the data file.

I had just past the 100 transaction mark and registered.

How do I get back to my data that I sopainstakingly entered?

  1. 1 Posted by Ben Spencer on 15 Feb, 2010 04:17 PM

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    Hi Bruce

    The location of the data file is determined the first time you save. When you first saved Moneydance will have prompted you to enter a file name and a location. If you do not recall what you called the file or where you put it you can use your computers search function to list all files ending with the ".md" extension without the quotes.


    Ben Spencer

  2. 2 Posted by mountainbruce on 15 Feb, 2010 04:19 PM

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    I thought it was saving automatically?


    So I have to start all over?

  3. 3 Posted by mountainbruce on 15 Feb, 2010 04:25 PM

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  4. 4 Posted by Ben Spencer on 15 Feb, 2010 04:39 PM

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    If you had not saved at least once then your data will not have been saved automatically. I am sorry for the trouble this has caused you.


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  5. 5 Posted by Benjamin Zuniga on 18 Feb, 2010 11:54 PM

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    What? I thought it was backed up on at least a daily basis? Also when I updated to the newer version all of a sudden I have two versions of MoneyDance. I have a MAC. I should be able to use Time Machine to retrieve that file. But for some reason I don't get the lastest information.

    Please help.

  6. 6 Posted by mountainbruce on 19 Feb, 2010 01:27 AM

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    On Feb 18, 2010, at 4:55 PM, Benjamin Zuniga wrote:

    Yea, but the catch 22 was -- you had to do a manual save before the auto saves took place.

    That we not clear and I lost 120 trans and several hours of work. But that is computers.

    The rest of your post I know nothing about.

    Take care

  7. 7 Posted by benjamin Zuniga on 19 Feb, 2010 04:26 PM

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    All of my data for 2009 is gone. That is over 1200 transactions. Not to mention all of the OFX files that I have to re-download. Some of them may not be available any longer from my bank and credit card companies. This is really bad. I should have never downloaded that newer version. But every time I opened MoneyDance which is daily it kept prompting me to load the newer version.

    Also on MoneyDance Preferences it says it is saving your data everyday. Backup has the settings as Saving Daily.

    Make Daily Backups
    Perform AutoSave every 5 minutes.

    I have been using Moneydance Since 2008 so I really can't understand why this is happening now.

    Thanks for starting this link Mountainbruce.


  8. 8 Posted by Ben Spencer on 19 Feb, 2010 04:32 PM

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    Hi Benjamin

    Do you know the location of your Moneydance data file? Are you able to open it? If you open it does it contain any data?

    Please tell me exactly what happen when you run moneydance. It is most likely that you data has not been lost unless you have explicitly deleted your data file.

    Please search you computer for all files ending with ".md" without the quotes.


    Ben Spencer

  9. 9 Posted by Benjamin Zuniga on 19 Feb, 2010 04:38 PM

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    I am able to retrieve my data but it is not complete. I open up MoneyDance and I get the new look of MoneyDance however all of my data from 2009 is gone. The transactions from the previous year has just vanished.

    Yes my file name is BZ Checking.md. But it is not complete. When I upgraded it lost all this data.

    Thanks for responding. I need help soon Tax time is around the corner. I will have to spend hours and hours re-creating this data if I cannot get the most current file.

  10. 10 Posted by Ben Spencer on 19 Feb, 2010 04:47 PM

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    Hi Benjamin

    You say that you have daily backups turned on, if you look in your backup folder you should see files named something like "BZ Checking.md-2010-02-14" if you rename one of those files by adding the .md extension to the end of the name e.g. rename "BZ Checking.md-2010-02-14" to "BZ Checking.md-2010-02-14.md" you will be able to open that file in moneydance. Please try this and let me know if the data is also missing in the backups.


    Ben Spencer

  11. 11 Posted by Benjamin on 26 Feb, 2010 09:19 PM

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    I don't know if you got my last email. However all the backups are from 2009. For some reason all the current ones are not available let's say something in January which would be ideal.

    Still trying to retrieve the file either the md file or make moneydance go back to what it was before I downloaded the latest version.


  12. 12 Posted by Ben Spencer on 27 Feb, 2010 03:04 PM

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    I suspect that at some point the software has opened one of your older backup files. If you select File->"Open Recent" from within Moneydance you should see all the most recently opened files. One of those should be your current file. If that is not the case then do a search of you computer for all files ending in ".md"


    Ben Spencer

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