When you start amanual backup process from within Quicken, one of the first things that happensis: Quicken closes the data file to ensure that all updates have been written.A split second later it opens the file again to start the Backup process.
A third party cloudbackup product like Dropbox, Carbonite, One Drive, etc. or a NAS backup serverwill use that "file close" command as the trigger to start its ownbackup process ... and that gets in the way of Quicken trying to reopen the filefor backup ...
If you are using anyof these cloud backup products you need to configure them so as NOT to backupyour current Quicken data file. Make it use either the Automatic Backup file orthe Manual Backup file.
The recommended location for your active Quicken data file is on your internal hard drive or SSD in the folder \Documents\Quicken
Using Carbonite, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. as the Backupprocess
(For thisdiscussion, Carbonite is assumed to be the backup product in effect. Replace"Carbonite" with the name of your backup tool.)
IMHO, you shouldkeep Carbonite (or any other third party backup product which you use) awayfrom your live Quicken data file. It may interfere with some Quickenoperations, especially Manual Backup.
Instead, configureCarbonite to backup either of these files:- The backup file created by Quicken Automatic BackupOr- The backup file created by Quicken Manual Backup as you close Quicken.
Backup settings inQuicken are stored in Edit / Preferences / Backup.
If you choose theAutomatic Backup file as Carbonite candidate (or even if you don't), activatethis process and set it to execute every "1" times Quicken closes.The Automatic Backup file always goes to a \Backup folder that's part of thefolder which contains your current Quicken data file, usually\Documents\Quicken\Backup
If you choose theManual Backup file as Carbonite candidate, create a separate\Quicken\Carbonite_Backup folder and direct the Manual Backups to go thereevery "1" times Quicken closes. Select the "Add date stamp tofile name option" so you get multiple backups and not just one that isoverwritten every time.
For a belts andsuspenders approach:
Automatic Backups goto Carbonite, Manual Backups go to a USB stick or external hard drive.
One can never haveenough backups of your Quicken data file. BTDTGTS!
Note: It's beenbrought to my attention that some versions of Quicken may not start the backupprocess upon close if you close Quicken by any command other than clicking the(used to be red) "X".
Using Windows 10. You are right, the sync process won't start until you no longer have Quicken open with that file. If you leave Quicken open for days, the sync will be delayed accordingly.I have never had any problem such as you describe. Does Quicken actually close the primary data file while it is being copied for backup?Not sure if this proves anything, but... I also have Quicken set up to put its backups on OneDrive. I have noticed that OneDrive consistently queues the primary file to upload first, followed by the backup file.
Does Quicken actually close the primary data file while it is being copied for backup?
Has anyone who is using Quicken 2018 on OneDrive (Ray?) seen a recent HORRIBLE degradation in the time it takes to complete an Online Update. Mine used to take 5 minutes or so, and I could live with that (scheduled updates at 4:00 a.m. though they did not always run).
But over the last 2 weeks, while on vacation, I've noticed that it now takes almost 30 minutes to complete the Online Update.The 22 accounts download appear to proceed as normal. The culprit is in the Services Updated. And the only two I have updating are Quotes and Investing Headlines and Bills Update, which says that not all Bills were update. I have had a LOT of issues with Q2018 and the Bill Pay process.
It would help to know if I am in the company of others, or my incidence is isolated.
Thank you to the community in advance.
I use Quicken with OneDrive. The way it works, OneDrive keeps copies of the file both on your hard drive and in the cloud. Unless you override the OneDrive defaults, Quicken is actually working with the local file. When you close that file at the end of a session, OneDrive then updates the cloud copy and then updates from the cloud the local file on any other computers that are tied to the same OneDrive user account.Never had any problems with this in 4-5 years of near-daily use of Quicken. The only thing to keep in mind, your other computer using the same file via OneDrive may not have an updated file for a couple minutes, depending on the size of your Quicken file and the speed of your internet connection. Of course the update of your other computer(s) will only happen if the other computer is running, otherwise, the files will sync after the next time it is started.