Quicken -- data file size... too big?


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John Blaustein

I'm currently using Quicken H&B 2002 and may upgrade to Q2004. My data file
(QDF) is a little over 18MB, containing data going back ten years or so. I
periodically do a File>Copy and Validate and have had almost no problems
over the past several years. My PC is fast enough that speed is no issue
with a Quicken data file of this size.

Is there such a thing as "too big" for the Quicken data file? Is there a
point at which having a large data file can start to cause problems?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

John
 
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R. C. White

Hi, John.

As you know, we've been asking each other that question for years, ever
since 2 MB was a big *.qdf file. Some have reported that Quicken told them
2 MB or 5 MB or 10 MB was the limit. I've never used H&B or QuickBooks,
just successive versions of Quicken Deluxe (or whatever the current name
was) since 1990. My *.QDF is now just over 13 MB; all my *.Q* files total
16 MB. I've not noticed any sluggishness on my AMD XP2000+/512 MB RAM
machine running WinXP Pro and Quicken 2002 Deluxe.

I'll be watching for reports from users who finally hit an actual size
barrier. Until then, I guess we'll keep trading messages like these here.
;<)

RC
 
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Steve

R. C. White said:
As you know, we've been asking each other that question for years, ever
since 2 MB was a big *.qdf file.
Ahhh, the pleasures of DOS. :)

Still using DOS version 8, file size for 10+ years of data is a bit
over 1MB.
 
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I'm having trouble with Quicken. Here's the notes I sent to Intuit
1- Getting message, “an error occurred during the last task please restart Quicken”
2- Sometimes Quicken locks up – hour glass remains an hour or more 3- Seem to have same problems on PC and also on laptop 4-I do lots of data entry on Sandisk flash drive
5-Validate duplicate file shows shows no trouble 6-Have re-installed Q 2002 HB on pc – no improvement 7-I can open a backup file perhaps 6 times then it too gives error message or locks up 8-File has 13 years data accumulation 9-File size = 33.2 MB
10- All backup files seem to have the same problem

Intuit does not support older versions - their advice is to upgrade to a supported version. Computer shop people tell me older Versions of Quicken do have a limited maximim file size. Can anyone add to this?? Harold in Canada
 
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I have been using Quicken since Jan 1995 (22 years at this point). I had upgraded once from v2000 to v2002, and have been using v2002 to this day, now on my Win10 computer. Today I encountered the error: “an error occurred during the last task please restart Quicken”. At that point, it would crash & close everytime upon launch. A backup file opens fine. I searched online, and yup, my QDF file just exceeded 32MB. I guess my options are:
1) Archive the existing QDF, start a brand new QDF, and re-create all the accounts, sched trans, etc.
2) Upgrade Quicken to a version that would support a larger QDF file size. (What is the file size limit in v2004, does anyone know?)
Are there any other options?
 
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My Quicken data file is 74 MB and am having big problem with program dropping and even inserting entries 5 to 10 years back. How big can the data files be? Am using 2016 Quicken Rental.
 

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