File too large

CG Member ✭✭
Hello, I have had a Quicken file for a long time that I use for both personal and some business accounts. The file has grown too large over the years. I have tried to run the ARCHIVE function on it many times. But every time I get a message something like: "File NOT created".

So, I started deleting many of the old transactions in the business bank accounts. I was hoping that deleting transactions would make my file size smaller. But to my surprise, it has not. So, I have run the Validate and Repair functions on it. But still does not make any difference! Not sure why.

Any suggestions to reduce my Quicken file size, after deleting old transactions, would be appreciated.


  • Chris_QPW
    Chris_QPW Member ✭✭✭✭

    Because Quicken is a database, and creating new records are costly performance wise, records that are deleted are only marked "Deleted" so they can be reused without creating a new record. The only thing that will reduce the size of the data file is by using: File → Copy or Backup File → Create a copy or template. This one does a record by record copy leaving out the records marked deleted. But be aware of the fact that Quicken will also remove all online services in the copy as part of the process.

    BTW you are going to have to be removing a huge amount of transactions to have much affect unless thoses transactions have attachments (which do take up a lot of space), because transactions don't really take up much space.

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  • CG
    CG Member ✭✭
    Thanks for the quick response, Chris. I will look into it.
  • Mark1104
    Mark1104 Member ✭✭✭✭

    how big is the file? what is 'too large' to you? what performance issues are you experiencing? how old is your PC?

  • Ps56k2
    Ps56k2 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CG - the QDF file size doesn't really impact any aspect of using Quicken -

    to see how your file compares…. here is our QDF file stats ….. —> Help —> SHIFT+About Quicken

    QWin - R54.16 - Win10

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