Well it sounds like you have not been deliberately making backups so checking in preferences (Menu item File --> Preferences) on the backup table to see if the program has been set to make auto backups (on your old machine) the default location is the Archive directory under the .moneydance directory in your login account. If I recall correctly, the files should have a .moneydancearchive extension.
on 12 Jan, 2018 11:03 PM
I was under the impression that backups were automatic - every time I exit
it says "backing up" so ... is that not true?? Where do I find the backup
There is no Archive directory in my login account. I think the problem is
that when I said "yes please switch to a local file" it overwrote
everything I used to have. ARRRRRRGGGHHH. Are you telling me that making
that one small choice THAT YOUR SOFTWARE RECOMMENDS of switching to a local
file has now overwritten all of my data?? I had YEARS of info in there,
this is crazy.
The old computer does not have any additional files.
To see if you have any backups search the machines for files with the extension .moneydancearchive.
All the please switch to local file does is move your moneydance data set from dropbox to the yourusername.moneydance\documents subdirectory, it does not delete archive files or anything else.
When you selected to move the files on the new computer it would have done that on the new computer only so if there is data that is where it should be. What happens on the old computer is that dropbox sees the data has been removed from the dropbox server and remove it from the local dropbox mirror directory, so the data files are gone from the old machine, but if you had been creating backups locally then they would still be there.
So in short if you are to have any data files they would be on the new machine if you are to have any backups they should be on the old machine. If you have data sets but with no data in them I do not know what has happened there is not enough information to determine this. Data sets from recent versions of Moneydance I would expect to have a reasonable sized trunk file. This file I expect to be in the location
For example I have a test database and the trunk file for this is 11MB
If anything has damaged the data set then I would suspect that is was having it on dropbox that would do that, there have been some very strange things happen with Moneydance 2017 data that is housed on dropbox, but complete loss of data is not one I have heard of.
Moneydance will create an automatic backup on exit if you have it setup to do so, the pointer I gave earlier will show if you have set that to on and where backups are to be written to and how many should be kept.
As dwg stated the location of automatic backups is set under FILE – PREFERENCES – BACKUP. On your old computer click on HELP – SHOW ARCHIVE FOLDER. This should open a file finder in this location. Check if you have any files at this location yourdatasetname.moneydancearchive usually ending in a date stamp “.yyyy-mm-dd”. The number of backups depend on the settings under FILE – PREFERENCES – BACKUP. Did you make any manual backups FILE – EXPORT BACKUP. The default location for these is the same as the default for automatic backup. The naming convention for manual backups is yourdatasetname.moneydancearchive again usually ending in a time stamp this time in the format “-yyyymmdd-tttt”.
If you find your backup try on each one FILE – RESTORE FROM BACKUP.
Jumping in here a bit late...
But I notice that the file that is being opened is:
"SamL 2.moneydance" Is there a SamL.moneydance or a SamL 1? The modifier 2 seems to imply it is copy made at some point.
You can go to the File->Open window and see if there are other data files in your folder? You might find it there.