Backups in Microsoft Money 2006
See this article
for information about backups in
Microsoft Money 2005 and earlier, and how I handle it. Some general comments about backups can be found
in Article 199
Microsoft Money creates a backup on *exiting* the program, which means that if you close a file with some
corruption, it is carried forward into the backup. In earlier versions, this can be a huge problem as there
was no history maintained of backup files - therefore if you just relied on this one backup, you could quite
easily end up without a working backup file.
It is still important to ensure that you maintain
backups away from your main hard drive (such as a USB drive or external hard disk), as if the local disk
fails, then you would be just as stuck as having no backups at all. However, Money 2006 provided some additional
options for backup, thanks to some feedback from MVPs
sent to the product group.
What's new in MS Money 2006
The main changes are twofold.
- Microsoft Money now supports CD, DVD
and Network backups
- Microsoft Money 2006 will create multiple backup files.
regards the multiple backup files, you can have between 1 and 99 of these, and they are timestamped
with the date and time. The new backup settings page can be seen below. Note the dropdown lists with the
'keep only the X most recent backup files' - when the limit is reached, older backups are removed.
Note also that the scheduled backups in the lower box is a directory location. You can still use
a device such as a floppy
or a USB drive
- which is still useful as a means of keeping your
data off the machine in an additional safe, but you could use any path, so a network directory
used, for example, "\\some network directory\money backups"
Microsoft Money 2006 Filename format
file names when using the new Microsoft Money backup options are saved in the following way:
This is illustrated in the screen shot below, which shows three backup files. Note that these have been stored
in the same directory as the Money files.
For further information on Money 2006, see the following links:
To repeat the comment at the start of this article: "It is still important to ensure that you maintain backups away from your main hard drive (such as a USB drive or external hard disk), as if the local disk fails, then you would be just as stuck as having no backups at all
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