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Mac Backup

MAC BACKUP!!  Wow, first time caller after much searching and googling....

 

I have about a bazillion backup copies on my mac, located in the "given" file I have it in. 

 

File format is:

 

Company Name 2018.qb2019-19-11-03-22h39m25s.dmg

 

Now, each time I exit, it auto backs up. 6.3MB each.

 

Can I go back and say, delete a bunch of these? I only use QB for checking and some reports now and then, but still don't want to lose any of that data. 

 

What do you think?  Just trying to get rid of duplicates and gain back some space.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Best answer November 05, 2020

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QuickBooks Team

Mac Backup

Hello, JimDaddy.

 

I'm also conservative when it comes to saving disk space in my computer. 

 

Yes, you can delete those DMG backup files. However, one important thing to note is that you'll want to delete those old ones and keep the recent backup files. We want to avoid data loss as much as possible. 

 

After deleting, you might also want to adjust how QuickBooks Mac automatically creates the backup files. Here's how: 

 

  1. Open the QuickBooks menu, then choose Preferences
  2. Select Backup.
  3. Adjust your backup preferences. 

 

macpreferences.PNG

 

Check this article for a guide on tweaking your backup settings: Back up your QuickBooks Desktop for Mac company file.

 

Need help running reports in QuickBooks Mac? Read our articles for guides how. Browse a subtopic here, and choose an article. More help topics can be found at the bottom of the page. 

 

Happy to assist you again if you have more concerns regarding the Mac version. You're welcome to reply in this thread for the questions. 

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Level 9

Mac Backup

You absolutely can delete the old backups. Just retain the ones you want - generally the most recent but you may also want to retain one a month going back in time for a year or so.

 

QBDT Mac doesn't automatically delete any backups. This is done as a safety measure. But you should expect to clean them out yourself in the Finder every now and then.

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QuickBooks Team

Mac Backup

Hello, JimDaddy.

 

I'm also conservative when it comes to saving disk space in my computer. 

 

Yes, you can delete those DMG backup files. However, one important thing to note is that you'll want to delete those old ones and keep the recent backup files. We want to avoid data loss as much as possible. 

 

After deleting, you might also want to adjust how QuickBooks Mac automatically creates the backup files. Here's how: 

 

  1. Open the QuickBooks menu, then choose Preferences
  2. Select Backup.
  3. Adjust your backup preferences. 

 

macpreferences.PNG

 

Check this article for a guide on tweaking your backup settings: Back up your QuickBooks Desktop for Mac company file.

 

Need help running reports in QuickBooks Mac? Read our articles for guides how. Browse a subtopic here, and choose an article. More help topics can be found at the bottom of the page. 

 

Happy to assist you again if you have more concerns regarding the Mac version. You're welcome to reply in this thread for the questions. 

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Level 9

Mac Backup

You absolutely can delete the old backups. Just retain the ones you want - generally the most recent but you may also want to retain one a month going back in time for a year or so.

 

QBDT Mac doesn't automatically delete any backups. This is done as a safety measure. But you should expect to clean them out yourself in the Finder every now and then.

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Level 2

Mac Backup

Thank you so much for the answer. I figured this was the case, but wanted to run it by folks who have done it. I upgraded I think in 2019, so there are quite a few (at 6.3mb) on here that can go.

 

Thanks again!

 

JIm

Level 2

Mac Backup

Thanks as well for your quick reply and for the help for tweaking my backup protocol. I appreciate the help!

 

Cheers!

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