Backup to Floppy


S

Sean

Money 2005 Deluxe question.

Trying to backup to floppy (external usb hard drive). When I go File ->
Backup and get the menu, the option to Back up to floppy is greyed out.

In addition, when I close Money and it gives me the "You should back up to a
floppy now" spiel, I cannot select the drive. The drop down list shows
nothing and I can't type in a path.

Any ideas?
 
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Dick Watson

Is an External USB hard drive a "Floppy"??? No. Backup to floppy is probably
just that. Have you tried the options for backup to hard disk?
 
S

Sean

No, I suppose not. But neither is a Zip drive, and that works. In 2002 I
created the backup to my hard drive every time it closed and set the Backup
to Floppy to write a version to Zip once a week. Why is an external Zip
drive different than an external hard drive?

I have no problem backing up to the hard drive. I'm looking for a way to
write a backup file to external storage as well.

I'll find another way.
 
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Dick Watson

Have you tried seeing if the external storage drives are listed under backup
to hard disk choices? This all has something to do with how the drivers
classify the devices to the operating system.
 
S

Sean

Yes. I can change the backup to hard drive option to the external drive.

But, that has the Browse button which allows me to navigate the devices/file
structure. The backup to floppy only has a drop-down that isn't populated
with any options. (My new pc does not have a floppy drive).

I did open up my old 2002 version, and the backup to floppy drop-down has
the floppy drive and the Zip drive as options.

In the end, it's probably not a big deal as I can create a scheduled task to
copy the backup to the external storage. I was just hoping I could do it all
from within Money and maintain it in one place.
 
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Art McClinton

I have backed up to a USB device as a floppy since I upgraded to XP
several years ago. The USB drive letter does not show until you insert
the drive, but it is their at that point and remembers it the next time.
Thus if I forget to insert the USB drive I get a can not find message,
simply insert and then click ok and off it goes.

As I say, I am using XP Home. I did find the same thing on the Office
machine running Windows 2000.

Art McClinton
 
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Dick Watson

It all seems to depend on what the operating system tells Money, probably
based on what the device/driver reports to the O/S as. I just tried
(M04/WinXP Pro) my USB key and a bunch of other stuff. Money is willing to
treat the floppy, the Jaz drive, and the MO drive as floppies. It is
unwilling to treat my Sony MemoryStick reader--two flavors of MemoryStick
plus CF, or my Lexar USB-CF reader, or my USB key as floppy drives. OTOH,
M05 on the Sony laptop is willing to treat the embedded MemoryStick reader
as a floppy. Go Figure. At any rate, this is not a decision Money is making
on its own nor one you can influence from within Money.
 
M

Mark Horn

In the end, it's probably not a big deal as I can create a scheduled task to
copy the backup to the external storage. I was just hoping I could do it all
from within Money and maintain it in one place.
I don't know if this will be helpful to you or not, but what I do
is backup to my hard drive. I've created a Briefcase on my USB
drive and put a "sync" copy of my money backup in that Briefcase.
Then every so often, I just do "update all" on the briefcase.
If it needs to backup, it will get copied, if not, it won't.
 
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Arge

Sean

I usually don't get involved in pissing contests but I will respond to what
I want when I want and add how ever many cents I want to add.

Bob
 
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