Using an MBF (Microsoft Money Backup File)

There are two main file types used in Microsoft Money - the MNY (Microsoft Money) file, which is your data, and the MBF (Microsoft Money Backup File) file, which is a backup of your money file. (A complete list of extensions can be found in Article 196.)

When you backup your Microsoft Money file (Article 199), the program creates a new MBF file, which could be a compressed file (if you select the backup option to do this) or a file spanning multiple floppy disks (if you're saving it to this type of media). If you want to subsequently use this backup, you need to know how to do this.

The first thing to note is that when converting from this MBF file back to a MNY file, you cannot just rename this backup file extension and hope things will work.

What you should do is use Microsoft Money to restore the backup file. This is available through the File->Restore Backup menu.

Selecting a MSMoney file or choosing a backup file on the restore backup menu

You will be able to select either a recently used backup file (in some versions) and/or the backup file.

Selecting the most recent (default) backup file in Microsoft Money

You can then restore it to a new MNY file which you can subsequently use in Microsoft Money.

Always remember to keep lots of backup files. In Money 2006 new backup options (see Article 212) were added. In earlier versions, backups overwrote each other (see this page regarding the mechanism I used to keep multiple backup files). In addition test your backups occasionally.

Category: FileManagement

Keywords: compression, MNY, MBF, backup