In previous quickens, there was an option under "File Operations" to
delete previous backups from within Quicken to recover disk space. This
option was removed in Q 2011.
How does one now do it in Q2011? I need to do it from time to time
because I use an encrypted partition which runs out of space.
As of Q 2009 (?) or Q 2010 (?), there is no longer a fileset like there was
before. All the logical Q files are now contained within the single .qdf
file; so I just maintain these with the normal Windows Explorer and delete
them from the list of files as needed. That's one reason I use the append
date/time stamp to the file backups so I can easily tell the creation
date/time of these (yes, I know one could also look at the actual date and
As Andrew reminded us, before Q2010, what Intuit called a Quicken "file" was
actually SET of related files (which we often referred to here as a
"fileset"). There was always the main Quicken Data File, with the .qdf
extension. And, depending on how YOU used Quicken, there would probably be
several related files with extensions like the ones you mentioned. (We
could guess at the meanings of some of them: .qel for downloaded data, .qph
for historical prices, .qtx for tax data, .idx for some kind of index, etc.)
While most of the data was in .qdf, the whole fileset was needed for Quicken
to work properly. So long as we let Quicken handle file functions, such as
Copy and Backup, it knew to deal with the whole fileset. But when we used
"normal" Windows (or DOS) commands to Copy a file, WE had to remember to
copy ALL the files in the set. Many users forgot - or never knew - about
this and ended up with an unusable Quicken "file" after moving to a new
computer or a new folder.
Q2010 was the first to combine all those related files into the one .qdf
file. You'll note that your new .qdf file is probably much larger that the
old version, but it may be smaller than the total of the former "fileset".
That's OK; now you need only the single file. ; date/time stamp to the file backups so I can easily tell the creation
Thank you for replying. I just recently converted to 2011 from 2008 and
I see in my backups more than just *.qdf files. I also have qel, qph,
qtx, and idx files. Not sure what to do.