where is my MS Money data hiding? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I only use MS Money to keep track of stock and option trades, which I manually insert every day.

    My computer died.

    I bought a new computer and paid a tech to transfer my hard drive. This included photos and data, but not programs.

    I reinstalled Money sunset from the web.

    I went to "File", "restore backup", "restore from a backup file". What I got was my accounts, but the data was only current through March, 2016.

    I am missing 3 years of trades.

    I think the file is hiding somewhere. I don't know where to look

    I tried the bullet:   "have money search my hard drive for other money backup files. This takes my to: "sign in to open your money file". I have reset my password multiple times. It doesn't recognize my new password and freezes me out of the program.

    I am at a loss. I hate to lose years of trading data history. 

    Can anyone help?


    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:18 PM

All replies

  • Try these two commands in a command window:

         dir /s C:\*.mny
         dir /s C:\*.mbf

    If you find your files in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore, we can explain why and how to prevent that in the future.

    I like Agent Ransack as a search program.

    Also, while you are thinking about it, you should have some backups on other media. Your hard drive could crash, so be prepared.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 11:04 PM
  • sorry, I am ignorant. How do I find a command window?

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:55 AM
  • I downloaded agent ransack. and typed in the files in the box next to  File Name:

    Hope that was right. 

    But it didn't show anything.

    Thanks for the suggestion. 

    Anything else?

    PS...Really appreciate your trying to help. This is a huge deal to me.


    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:11 AM
  • Agent Ransack standard search:

    Agent Ransack would be easier, so there is no need now. However, to open a command window, one way is to enter cmd into the box that appears when you click the start button.https://www.howtogeek.com/235101/10-ways-to-open-the-command-prompt-in-windows-10/ has other ways. I use command windows a lot, so I made an icon that opens the command window with the font already to my preference, along with QuickEdit and Insert already selected.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:19 AM