Please... What is the qdata.idx file?

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  1. Please, I'm in serious need of help.

    What is the qdata.idx file?

    My Quicken data files and backups used to include an ".idx" file.
    It's now missing. I'm having serious Quicken problems and am
    wondering if this is the cause.

    I have Quicken Deluxe 2004. My data have become all but unusable.
    The only way to access them in Quicken is to copy the datafiles from
    the Quicken directory to elsewhere and then do a "restore." Once
    open, I can make entries, but I can't do file operations (backup,
    copy, validate) without crashing. Quicken also crashes on "exit."
    (But the new entries are retained in the data files after crashing.)

    Could the absence of the ".idx" file be my problem? If so, any
    suggestions on how to get it back?

    Please comment. I've relied on Quicken since 1992, and am in serious
    trouble if I can't fix.

    Thanks very much.
     
    Irma Flintstone, Jun 1, 2004
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  2. Irma Flintstone

    Michael Guest

    I checked Quicken's website but could not find the file extension
    definitions. I did however see that there should be a copy of the file in
    the "Quicken\Backup" directory.

    If you have multiple files with that extension, make sure you use the MOST
    RECENT date.

    Hope his helps...

    Mike


    "Irma Flintstone" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Please, I'm in serious need of help.
    >
    > What is the qdata.idx file?
    >
    > My Quicken data files and backups used to include an ".idx" file.
    > It's now missing. I'm having serious Quicken problems and am
    > wondering if this is the cause.
    >
    > I have Quicken Deluxe 2004. My data have become all but unusable.
    > The only way to access them in Quicken is to copy the datafiles from
    > the Quicken directory to elsewhere and then do a "restore." Once
    > open, I can make entries, but I can't do file operations (backup,
    > copy, validate) without crashing. Quicken also crashes on "exit."
    > (But the new entries are retained in the data files after crashing.)
    >
    > Could the absence of the ".idx" file be my problem? If so, any
    > suggestions on how to get it back?
    >
    > Please comment. I've relied on Quicken since 1992, and am in serious
    > trouble if I can't fix.
    >
    > Thanks very much.
     
    Michael, Jun 1, 2004
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  3. Irma Flintstone

    Mike B Guest

    I believe the <filename>.IDX file is not critical, Quicken creates it when
    it runs and will create it in the startup directory that the shortcut for
    the application specifies. Search back in the Google groups archive, it has
    been discussed there. I also saw that you posted a similar question on May
    15th. I hope you can get this resolved, it must be difficult. Here is a list
    of "essential" Quicken files that Andrew (a frequent poster in this NG)
    posted a short while back in response to a query of mine.

    >Originally from the Quicken HELP file, with modification for Q2002's QSD
    >entry:
    >
    ><filename>.QDF Contains all your transactions, a dictionary of
    >addresses of unprinted checks, descriptions in split transactions, and all
    >the
    >items that Quicken memorizes for you (categories, classes, memorized
    >transactions etc.)
    >
    ><filename>.QSD Contains your custom icons, Financial Calendar notes, extra
    >account information, and information about your loans
    >
    ><filename>.QEL Contains your online services data. Appears only if you
    >use online banking or online payment services
    >
    ><filename>.QTX Contains your tax planning data. Appears only if you
    >use the Quicken Tax Planner.
    >
    ><filename>.QPH contains your investment price history
    >


    Maybe some of the more experienced Quicken users on here will provide some
    better suggestions, but I would suggest that you use a few of the following
    techniques to try and narrow down the problem.

    Create a new Quicken fileset. E.g.. if your Quicken files are named
    QDATA.QDF, then from the Quicken file menu, choose "New" and create a
    Quicken fileset named TEST. See if Quicken's behavior improve if you create
    a new account in this new fileset. This will help you to determine if it is
    your data or the Quicken program that is corrupted.

    If it proves to be the program, consider reinstalling Q2004. If the program
    is stable with a new fileset, you may want to try and export one account
    from your original fileset in .QIF form and import it into the TEST fileset
    to see if that works. If that works, you may want to export all your
    accounts in the same manner and import them into the TEST (or a name to your
    liking) fileset. Then all that would remain is to recreate all the Scheduled
    transactions etc, but at least you would have salvaged your data.

    I hope someone more experienced will also comment with alternate methods to
    help you troubleshoot this problem.

    MikeB

    "Irma Flintstone" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Please, I'm in serious need of help.
    >
    > What is the qdata.idx file?
    >
    > My Quicken data files and backups used to include an ".idx" file.
    > It's now missing. I'm having serious Quicken problems and am
    > wondering if this is the cause.
    >
    > I have Quicken Deluxe 2004. My data have become all but unusable.
    > The only way to access them in Quicken is to copy the datafiles from
    > the Quicken directory to elsewhere and then do a "restore." Once
    > open, I can make entries, but I can't do file operations (backup,
    > copy, validate) without crashing. Quicken also crashes on "exit."
    > (But the new entries are retained in the data files after crashing.)
    >
    > Could the absence of the ".idx" file be my problem? If so, any
    > suggestions on how to get it back?
    >
    > Please comment. I've relied on Quicken since 1992, and am in serious
    > trouble if I can't fix.
    >
    > Thanks very much.
     
    Mike B, Jun 1, 2004
    #3
  4. Irma Flintstone

    Mike B Guest

    Big OOPS.

    I just rechecked my files and I *do* have a .IDX file in my backups. I
    don't know how I confused it with the errant .DIR file that appears on the
    desktop. Sorry, I hope you get this in time. I still think the other methods
    will help you localize the source of the problem.

    MikeB
     
    Mike B, Jun 1, 2004
    #4
  5. Irma Flintstone

    The Michael Guest

    On 31 May 2004 20:44:54 -0700, (Irma Flintstone) wrote:

    >Please, I'm in serious need of help.
    >
    >What is the qdata.idx file?
    >
    >My Quicken data files and backups used to include an ".idx" file.
    >It's now missing. I'm having serious Quicken problems and am
    >wondering if this is the cause.
    >
    >I have Quicken Deluxe 2004. My data have become all but unusable.
    >The only way to access them in Quicken is to copy the datafiles from
    >the Quicken directory to elsewhere and then do a "restore." Once
    >open, I can make entries, but I can't do file operations (backup,
    >copy, validate) without crashing. Quicken also crashes on "exit."
    >(But the new entries are retained in the data files after crashing.)
    >
    >Could the absence of the ".idx" file be my problem? If so, any
    >suggestions on how to get it back?
    >
    >Please comment. I've relied on Quicken since 1992, and am in serious
    >trouble if I can't fix.
    >
    >Thanks very much.


    I am not sure what it is for, but mine has the same time stamp as my .QDF file. I
    use 2 .QDF files from day to day and the .idx timestamps match on both.
    --
    Mike
     
    The Michael, Jun 1, 2004
    #5
  6. Irma Flintstone

    Dave Balcom Guest

    On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 12:46:11 GMT, The Michael <> wrote:

    }I am not sure what it is for, but mine has the same time stamp as my .QDF file. I
    }use 2 .QDF files from day to day and the .idx timestamps match on both.

    Here is just a guess but I would bet it is an index file for the data base.
    Index files can speed up searches, etc.

    Later,
    Dave
     
    Dave Balcom, Jun 1, 2004
    #6
  7. Irma Flintstone

    Andrew Guest

    Dave Balcom wrote:
    > On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 12:46:11 GMT, The Michael <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > }I am not sure what it is for, but mine has the same time stamp as my
    > .QDF file. I }use 2 .QDF files from day to day and the .idx
    > timestamps match on both.
    >
    > Here is just a guess but I would bet it is an index file for the data
    > base.
    > Index files can speed up searches, etc.
    >
    > Later,
    > Dave


    This question came up about a month or so ago about what is the (qdata).idx
    file. I couldn't find anything on it in the Google archives, Quicken
    website, or my quicken help file. I'd really like to get a definitive
    answer about this to update my list that Mike B reposted. John P, Andrew D,
    or even Bruce Lee (I can't believe he doesn't follow this NG still!! :))
    any help or definitive answers here?
    --
    --
    Regards -

    - Andrew
     
    Andrew, Jun 2, 2004
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  8. Irma Flintstone

    John Pollard Guest

    Andrew wrote:
    > Dave Balcom wrote:
    > > On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 12:46:11 GMT, The Michael
    > > <> wrote:
    > >
    > > }I am not sure what it is for, but mine has the same time
    > > stamp as my .QDF file. I }use 2 .QDF files from day to day
    > > and the .idx
    > > timestamps match on both.
    > >
    > > Here is just a guess but I would bet it is an index file for
    > > the data base.
    > > Index files can speed up searches, etc.
    > >
    > > Later,
    > > Dave

    >
    > This question came up about a month or so ago about what is

    the
    > (qdata).idx file. I couldn't find anything on it in the

    Google
    > archives, Quicken website, or my quicken help file. I'd

    really
    > like to get a definitive answer about this to update my list
    > that Mike B reposted. John P, Andrew D, or even Bruce Lee (I
    > can't believe he doesn't follow this NG still!! :)) any help
    > or definitive answers here? --


    I can't tell you anything specific about the idx file; but I am
    fairly certain that someone with Q2004 can provide a reasonably
    definitive answer to the op as to whether that file is
    necessary.

    Just make a copy of your regular Quicken fileset to some
    temporary folder, delete the idx file from that folder, then
    open that fileset with Quicken and try a number of transactions,
    reports, etc.

    If the idx file is not present for all Q2004 users, it would
    suggest that it is like the qtx file in that it is only created
    when certain events take place in Quicken. A bit of fiddling in
    that same temporary file could probably turn up the event that
    creates the idx file.

    --
    John Pollard
    First Last at Bellsouth dot net
     
    John Pollard, Jun 2, 2004
    #8
  9. In follow-up to my original post...

    Many thanks for your responses. To address a couple earlier
    suggestions:
    -- I uninstalled and re-installed Quicken. Still crashed.
    -- I then loaded the Quicken program and copied the QDATA datafiles
    (without an .IDX file) onto another machine. Quicken crashed on the
    second machine too.
    -- I also had exported to .QIF file and reimported. Though the
    import completed, the numerical results were nonsense (e.g., checking
    balance of -$500K, zero balance in other accounts).

    *However* last night I made a few entries into Quicken (paycheck,
    checking & savings entries), finished, and clicked on the upper-right
    "close" icon, expecting it to crash as usual. It closed normally! I
    went to the Quicken directory, and the previously missing .IDX file
    was now present. I immediately reopened Quicken, did some file
    operations (copy, backup) and all went smoothly. I'm happily
    dumbfounded. I don't understand it, but it does seem to suggest that
    certain operations will recreate the IDX file, and that the IDX file,
    if not essential, facilitates the smooth execution of Quicken. FWIW,
    my QDF file is 16MB.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because in dealing with this problem
    over the last several weeks, the IDX file has appeared and then
    disappeared repeatedly (along with the crash problem).

    Also FWIW, I'm still at Release R1 from my reinstall. (I'm now afraid
    to update to R5(?), since that's what was running when the problem
    originally appeared.)

    Thanks again. Would still like to get an understanding of the IDX
    file, if anyone can help.
     
    Irma Flintstone, Jun 2, 2004
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