Old Computer Died - How to Import Backed-up Files

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Will Perry

06 Nov, 2015 07:17 PM

My 5 year old Mac Mini died quite suddenly. Luckily I had time to do a Time Machine backup and the funds to buy a new iMac. Moneydance is now on my new machine, and I got it registered fine, but I can't figure out how to import my old data. Your help is much appreciated. Tata - Will

  1. 1 Posted by Scott Meehan on 06 Nov, 2015 07:40 PM

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    Hi Will,

    You can restore your Moneydance data from Time Machine with the following steps:

    1) Start Moneydance, create a new data set if you start at the Welcome screen.
    2) Select the Help->Show Documents Folder menu, which will display the data folder in the Finder
    3) Enter Time Machine and select the date for which you'd like to restore your data and click the Restore button

    That will restore your Moneydance data folder (or a specific data set, if you've selected one) to the state it was in at the time the backup was made.

    Scott Meehan
    Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by Will Perry on 06 Nov, 2015 08:52 PM

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    Hi, Scott - Thanks for the quick reply. I think I got it working, but, FYI, your suggestion involving Time Machine wasn’t possible. I had already done a TM backup of my new iMac, and TM wouldn’t go back to my older Mini backups on the same external drive. What did work was easy - On my external drive, just scrolled down thru my most recent Mini backup, and found the JPMC.moneydance file. It opened in Moneydance and my data was there. Ejecting that drive meant the data went away as well, but it saved an archive in the Library of my new iMac. Now when I open Moneydance, all my data appears to be there. Is my problem solved? or have I stumbled onto some workaround that will cause me grief in the future? Thanks! & Tata - Will

  3. 3 Posted by David Hanley on 06 Nov, 2015 09:01 PM

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    Hi Will,

    It sounds like you've located the right file, JPMC.moneydance is likely the dataset itself from your Mac Mini. Provided you've got that JPMC.moneydance file in a stable location it should be fine. I keep my dataset (encrypted) in my Dropbox folder so that I can access it from all of my computers, and so that I can just re-download my dataset in the event of computer failure.

    You can use these instructions to move your dataset to a different location:


    Remember that after you've moved your dataset, you'll need to reopen it on your computer from the new location to ensure that you're writing to the correct dataset. Click the File menu -> Open -> Open Other and navigate to the new location to open it!

    Hope this helps, and feel free to contact me with any questions about this process!

    David Hanley
    Infinite Kind Support

  4. 4 Posted by Will Perry on 06 Nov, 2015 09:03 PM

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    It does help. Big thumbs up for your excellent customer service. Tata - Will

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