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What is ABU Backup

I have backups scheduled that run fine.  In addition to those backups, I have some whose name begins with ABU (others begin with company name) .  What are they?  They seem to run without the popup asking where to store etc.  Maybe I have this question backwards though-possibly the ABU are correct and the others are duplication?

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Re: What is ABU Backup

Hey there, @MVEBA.


You've come to the right place. I'm here to help share some clarifications about what ABU stands for when running a backup in QuickBooks Desktop. 


The abbreviation ABU stands for Automatic Back Up for your company file. Usually, this will show as ABU_(the name of your file). This will only happen if you have an automatic backup set up for your QuickBooks Desktop.


For more information about automatic backup and file extension used in QuickBooks Desktop, please check out these articles: 

This information should get you going today.


Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any other concerns about QuickBooks. It's my pleasure to help you out. Wishing you and your business continued success.

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Re: What is ABU Backup

The question was what are the 2 different backups in the screen shot I sent.  There seem to be 2 different backups running, one that has the ABU and the other not.  One possibility is the ABU is the automatic backup we created and the other as a result of reminder that I created also.


Re: What is ABU Backup

Thanks for getting back to us, @MVEBA.


Allow me to step in for a moment and share some additional information about your QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) backup copies.


Yes! That is the most possible reason why you have two different backups saved on your computer. If you set QBDT to automatically back up after closing your company file, you have the option to whether or not to back up your file every time the reminder appears.


Also, I'd suggest checking out the amazing articles provided by my colleague @BettyJaneB above for future reference.


This should answer your concern. Please let me know if you have any other questions so I can get back to you right away. I'm always here to answer them. Take care and have a great rest of the day!

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