Error message "unable to open source file"when trying to backup data file.

Quicken installed on a new Windows 10 PC. Latest backup file loaded ok. When trying to make a backup for the first time on this new PC error "unable to open source file" appears. Clicking OK shows new message:"Quicken cannot open data filke because it is in use by another application, such as a cloud storage backup. Please close that application or turn off cloud storage sync and try again. Clicking OK shows "Unable to re-load current file after copy."
I am using dropbox and Norton 360 is installed.

Question: How do I solve this.

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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    If you are keeping the data file in a DropBox watched folder, that is the problem.  To do a backup, Quicken closes the file, does the backup and then reopens the file, DropBox is grabbing the file when it shouldn't and preventing Quicken from accessing it.
    You need to either move the data file from the watched folder or turn off DropBox when using Quicken.
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  • Greg_the_Geek
    Greg_the_Geek SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2021
    What is the full path to the folder that contains your Quicken data file on the hard drive? Are you using OneDrive as well?
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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Answer ✓
    If you are keeping the data file in a DropBox watched folder, that is the problem.  To do a backup, Quicken closes the file, does the backup and then reopens the file, DropBox is grabbing the file when it shouldn't and preventing Quicken from accessing it.
    You need to either move the data file from the watched folder or turn off DropBox when using Quicken.
    -splasher  using Q since 1996 -  Subscription  -  Win10
    -also older versions as needed for testing
    -Questions? Check out the  Quicken Windows FAQ list
  • DeGheyn
    DeGheyn Member
    Thank you. What I did was first select an unwatched by dropbox folder. I also deleted the folders in dropbox. I could then successfully make a backup in the new created unwatched folder. After this I again setup a backup folder in dropbox. Changed the backup to that dropbox folder and quicken accepted this dropbox folder to make the backup.
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