How to always add date to backups - switching between local drive and Dropbox

MarieBaumann
MarieBaumann Member ✭✭
Is there a way to set the backup tool to "always" add the date? I often forget to check the "Add date to backup file name" box.

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  • Ps56k2
    Ps56k2 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2020
    Once you checkmark that box -
    it will remain checkmarked and used each time a Manual Backup is created
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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    If you aren't manually changing the filename, that box should stay checked.
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  • MarieBaumann
    MarieBaumann Member ✭✭
    When I switch between a local drive and Dropbox, the check mark for the previous used one goes away.
  • Ps56k2
    Ps56k2 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2020
    When I switch between a local drive and Dropbox, the check mark for the previous used one goes away.
    In general, would suggest you keep making backups to your local drive -
    and then later, grab what you want and copy to Dropbox -
    EDIT - also updated topic title to better reflect actual Q&A


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  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Isn't that just simply a matter of
    • configuring Quicken to create an Automatic Backup to its folder (usually Documents\Quicken\Backup) every time you close Quicken
      and
    • setting Dropbox to automatically backup all new files in this folder (but NOT the files in Documents\Quicken!)?
  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    UKR said:
    • setting Dropbox to automatically backup all new files in this folder (but NOT the files in Documents\Quicken!)?
    How do you do that? I can't find a setting to back up an addtional random folder to Dropbox. I only have the option of a single folder, default %USERPROFILE%\Dropbox.
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  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    UKR said:
    • setting Dropbox to automatically backup all new files in this folder (but NOT the files in Documents\Quicken!)?
    How do you do that? I can't find a setting to back up an addtional random folder to Dropbox. I only have the option of a single folder, default %USERPROFILE%\Dropbox.

    That's why I'm asking ... Isn't that a setting within Dropbox on your PC, where you can configure which files and folders to create backups for?
    I don't use Dropbox myself. I've barely looked at OneDrive, but I do know that it has a configuration view somewhere, to select which files and folders to process.
  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    UKR said:
    Isn't that a setting within Dropbox on your PC, where you can configure which files and folders to create backups for?
    Not that I can find.
    I tried creating a junction with MKLINK /J so that the Quicken\BACKUP folder would appear under my Dropbox\Private\Quicken folder. The folder appeared, but the files did not get copied to Dropbox and newly-created auto-backups didn't either.
    If someone knows how to do this properly, I'd love to learn how.
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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    ps56k said:
    In general, would suggest you keep making backups to your local drive -
    and then later, grab what you want and copy to Dropbox
    This is what I do. I wrote a batch (command) file to copy my Quicken data to Dropbox, and I run it manually once a week or so.
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  • MarieBaumann
    MarieBaumann Member ✭✭
    Maybe I'm compulsively over-backing up--to Documents/Quicken/Backup; to a thumb drive; and to Dropbox. How do you write a batch (command) file?
  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    A batch file is simply a text file which contains commands like we used to type into the MSDOS command line prompt.
    You can find plenty of tutorials online. Search for "how to write a batch file". You can do it in a single line, for example mine is similar to this:
    copy \users\rocket\documents\quicken\qdata.qdf \users\rocket\dropbox\private\quicken

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  • MarieBaumann
    MarieBaumann Member ✭✭
    Thanks.
  • Bob_L
    Bob_L SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Rocket J Squirrel  I realize it is bad practice to use Dropbox for your working file due to syncing,  but is there anything wrong with backing up to Dropbox?
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  • Greg_the_Geek
    Greg_the_Geek SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    FWIW, I use Dropbox for backups and have had no problems.
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  • Bob_L
    Bob_L SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2020
    Me too, but wondering if I am missing something.
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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bob_L said:
    @Rocket J Squirrel  I realize it is bad practice to use Dropbox for your working file due to syncing,  but is there anything wrong with backing up to Dropbox?
    No, that should be fine. I just prefer manual control over what goes to Dropbox.
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