Can't open old backup Quicken files

Discussion in 'Quicken' started by ehcorp1@lycos.com, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Guest

    When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
    refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
    *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?

    Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
    bogus.

    Thanks in advance for any wisdom.
     
    , Jun 17, 2004
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  2. Mike B Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
    > refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
    > *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
    >
    > Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
    > bogus.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any wisdom.


    I would imagine that any backup can only be opened by the same release of
    Quicken that created it.

    MikeB
     
    Mike B, Jun 17, 2004
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  3. John Pollard Guest

    Mike B wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my

    2002-basic
    > > software refuses to open the files. Is this because my
    > > Quicken version is
    > > *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
    > >
    > > Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email
    > > address is bogus.
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance for any wisdom.


    > I would imagine that any backup can only be opened by the same
    > release of Quicken that created it.


    Not really. Quicken can, and does, open files from earlier
    versions ... though it does not, in the usual sense of the word,
    open the older version file; it *converts* it from the older
    version format to the newer version format.

    I can not tell you whether Quicken Basic can convert files from
    more expensive earlier versions, such as Quicken Deluxe or not,
    though I would bet that it can. But I am certain that if the
    older file was created by Quicken Basic, and it can be converted
    at all, a newer version of Quicken Basic can convert it.

    There have occasionally been indications, noted in this group,
    that if the older version was *too* old, that Quicken might not
    be able to successfully convert its files. I have never seen
    anything definitive on when an older version becomes *too* old.

    If the problem is that Q2002 can not convert files from Q95;
    then the op can purchase some intermediate version of Quicken
    from eBay (Q99 or Q2000, for example) for a song, and do the
    conversion in two steps.

    Another possibility is that the Q95 file is corrupt; if the op
    had Q95 available, it would be worth trying to open the Q95
    file, and if successful, try validating it.

    The op did not post the exact message that Q2000 displayed when
    it attempted to open the Q95 file.


    --
    John Pollard
    First Last at Bellsouth dot net
     
    John Pollard, Jun 17, 2004
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  4. Hank Arnold Guest

    What is the exact error message you get? Where are the files you want to
    open? Are they on a CD?

    --
    Regards,
    Hank Arnold

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
    > refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
    > *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
    >
    > Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
    > bogus.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any wisdom.
     
    Hank Arnold, Jun 18, 2004
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  5. Guest

    "Hank Arnold" <> wrote in message news:<urwAc.24$>...
    > What is the exact error message you get? Where are the files you want to
    > open? Are they on a CD?
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Hank Arnold
    >



    Old backups are both on CD & floppy. The error message was "can't
    open file" but then another memory error message prompted me to copy
    the file to the hard drive where it did infact convert then open.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
    , Jun 19, 2004
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  6. Hank Arnold Guest

    Problem with the CD files is a known problem. Q has to have read/write
    access to the files when it opens them. Files on a CD-R are "Read Only". To
    be able to use them you have to copy them to a hard drive and turn off the
    "Read-Only" flag.

    The diskette problem is a bit more befuddling. Maybe it was due to the fact
    that there wasn't room on the diskettes for the old and converted copy?

    --
    Regards,
    Hank Arnold

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > Old backups are both on CD & floppy. The error message was "can't
    > open file" but then another memory error message prompted me to copy
    > the file to the hard drive where it did infact convert then open.
     
    Hank Arnold, Jun 20, 2004
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