I have Quicken set for 5 backups but I have many more

IT Member ✭✭
My old backups are not being deleted even though I have the limit set at 5. Currently I have 11 and have to delete the older ones manually.


  • RickO
    RickO SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    What version are you using? This was a bug a while back but was fixed in an update. Unfortunately, I don't remember which update.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • IT
    IT Member ✭✭
    Quicken support answered this. The text in the preferences is wrong. It should say “Keep x back ups per day”. Old back ups have to be removed manually.
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    IT said:
    Quicken support answered this. The text in the preferences is wrong. It should say “Keep x back ups per day”. Old back ups have to be removed manually.
    Who told you that?
    @RickO is correct. There was a bug at some point in time that allowed more than [xx] Automatic Backups to be stored in the \Documents\Quicken\Backup folder. That problem was fixed. My Autobackup folder contains exactly the number of backups that are specified in the settings.
    Manual Backups do not have a setting for a maximum number of backups. It's up to the user to delete old backups at their discretion.
  • volvogirl
    volvogirl SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    So if you have the date added to the backup then it is a new file name and won't delete the prior ones.  I do not add the date to my manual backups so it overwrites the last one.  I backup to a flash drive and have several I rotate each time.  .  

    I'm staying on Quicken 2013 Premier for Windows.

  • Roger M
    Roger M Member ✭✭✭✭
    I have the date added to the automatic backups, and Quicken keeps the exact number of backups in the folder My Documents/Quicken/Backup, as specified in the settings. Using version 22.17.
    Quicken Windows Premier - Subscription **** Windows 10 Home *** Quicken user since 1996
  • IT
    IT Member ✭✭
    Quicken chat support gave me that answer that seemed ridiculous at the time. I will email or call and see if I get more useful help. I’m on the very latest version. From my experience their support has always been poor.
  • Greg_the_Geek
    Greg_the_Geek SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    Version 5.9.0, 5.9.1, & 5.9.2 (12/2018)

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  • IT
    IT Member ✭✭
    Thanks, very helpful.
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