I have been using Microsoft Money for 20 plus years and migrated to the Sunset version when it was necessary. I really like having all of my investment history but the back up files are over 170 KG. Beginning yesterday I am no longer able to open any .mbf files with the program. It tries to restore the program then closes with an APP Crash description.
I am able to open one .mny file with the program. I read Cal's February post and performed the steps recommended in Tools. However when I try to back it up the file says it is only 35 KG and when I close it, the program crashes again... I love my Money program and would so appreciate any help you can provide to get it back a running properly. Thanks
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Is the mny file the program itself, that is set up when I first install the program? I hate to be so dense!
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Backup strategy is very dependent on your tolerance for risk. IMHO, the bare minimum is to have copies of your most recent Money file (or a current backup of that file) on two different physical media. Since you have two internal hard drives and you are also backing up all your files to the external WD My Passport drive on a regular basis, you actually have copies on three different physical media.
I have a similar setup but am a bit more paranoid. I set my “Money Automatic Backup” to go to my second internal hard drive and my “Money Scheduled Backups” to go to an external flash drive. That way I also have reasonably recent copies of current Money files on three different physical media, - my working Money file on the main SSD system drive, multiple backup files on the second internal hard drive, and multiple backup files on a flash drive. Actually, I have 4 flash drives that I use for Money backups and I rotate them every week or so. It’s a lot of copies, but flash drives are cheap. The advantage of flash drives is that you can look at the contents each time you plug one in and verify that the backups are there just as you expect. Windows Update or some misbehavior in your system backup process can’t mess up the files on those flash drives when they are in your desk drawer.
For disaster recovery I also have two big flash drives that I use to store all my data files (encrypted) for off-site storage. My backup program runs once a day and saves any changed data files to one of those drives. I keep the other in a safe deposit box and swap them once a month, just before Windows “Patch Tuesday”. Worst case, - my house burns down, - I would only loose a month of changes to my data files. Cloud storage instead of flash drives would be a much more convenient option, but I like idea of fully local control.
I also do full system images, but that’s a different discussion.