My back-up files (automatic) are 903 KB. So my five files take up about
4.5 GB. But I do have lots of attachments. My last Q2009 files were
just under 30 KB - excluding the attachment folder.
From: R. C. White [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Posted At: Saturday, February 13, 2010 6:46 PM
Posted To: alt.comp.software.financial.quicken
Conversation: Q2010 Backup Files
Subject: Re: Q2010 Backup Files
Q2010 originally had a backup scheme that seemed bizarre to me - and to
other long-time users here!
Not only did the new all-in-one QDF file jump from about 32 MB to over
for me, but Q2010 was automatically backing up the file several times a
and creating a new file each time! Gigabytes of disk space was being
gobbled up at a prodigious rate - and my own manual backups were
even more. Something clearly demanded fixing - FAST!
Intuit did make some significant fixes quickly; in Release 3 as I
but I'm too lazy to look it up. Now my automatic backups are about 47
for each file. I've updated as soon as each Release appeared and now am
running Release R 5.
The automatic backup filenames also changed with the later Release(s).
Rather than the simple 8.3 filename - which I limited to 6.3 to allow
the automatic backup to append a numeral - we now have a name of about
(about a 25 character filename plus 10-character extension). :>( There
now TEN automatic backups in my E:\QuickenW\BACKUP folder, even though
Preferences are set to FIVE copies (and to back up after running Quicken
times); the latest automatic backup filename in BACKUP is:
That filename is informative, showing that it was automatically backed
12:58 pm today, but it is clumsier to work with. And the several
the filename can be confusing, especially for those who don't realize
there is only ONE actual extension; the first two periods are part of
date/time format. QDF-backup is the extension.
Q2010 is still nonchalant about the consumption of disk space. Those 10
automatic backups take almost 500 MB on my hard disk. They all are
2010: on 1/22, 1/26, 1/28, 1/29, 1/31, 2/2, 2/4, 2/7, 2/10 and today,
In addition to the automatic backups, I also make a manual backup
times a day. The box to "Add date and time to backup file name" is NOT
checked. And I always click to "Yes, Overwrite Existing", so I have
single manual backup file, in addition to the 5 (or 10) automatic
In my opinion, Backups are not the same as Archives; one good backup is
we really need, and we need it only long enough to confirm that the
working copy is safe and good.
I do have a few more redundant backup files, but I think that Q2010
automatically makes just the ones in the BACKUP folder, and that each
automatic backup consists of just the single large file with a very long
name and the .QDF-backup extension.
So, all your files with .QEL, QTX, etc., extensions must be for Quicken
versions prior to Q2010. Whether you delete them - or archive them - is
to you, but I don't think that Q2010 cares about them at all.
And my current working Quicken folder has just 3 data files:
2/13/10 qdata.QDF 47 MB
2/13/10 qdataOFXLOG.DAT .5 MB
2/10/10 qdataOFXOLD.DAT .5 MB
I've used ATTACH very sparingly, and apparently not at all so far with
Q2010, so I don't know about the contents of that folder.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
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