June 7, 2023
Quicken file extension

The Quicken file extension is QDF, and it is built for storing data on accounts, transactions, portfolios, and balance information. However, it can be used to migrate data to another application as well.

In this blog, we cover various aspects regarding the Quicken file extension. We also cover its usage and how helpful it is for transferring data. However, let us start with a small introduction.

What is a QDF and How to Open it?

The QDF literally stands for Quicken Data File. As the name suggests, these files are used as personal finance software for Windows. Their default location is C:\Users\<Username>\Documents\Quicken,and the default name is QDATA. However, there is the option to change both. But one needs to be careful while renaming these files. If one changes the file extension, it might cause disruption while launching it.

Opening a QDF File

To launch a qdf file, just double-click on it. The only catch is that you need to have Quicken installed in the system. If it is not there, just download and install it, and the file is good to go. Once done, Windows will automatically launch it properly. If it does not, then right-click on the file, and choose Open With > Quicken.

Using the Quicken File Extension for Data Backup

The QDF files are quite easy to back up. Whether it be via USB drives, CDs, DVDs, or even a remote location. All of these make it easy to back up and transfer data from one device to another.

Method 1: Backup Data on Windows

1. First, navigate through File > Copy or Backup File…;

2. Next, choose where you want to create the backup. For this, it will be an offline backup;

3. After that, add a date or any other indicator that will help you identify the backup;

4. Now choose the location to store the QDF file. Please note that the default location is C:\Users\[your name]\Documents\Quicken\BACKUP;

5. Once sure about the location, click on Save;

6. Confirm backup creation with the Back up Now button.

Method 2: Backup Data on External Drive 

1. First insert the device on which you want the backup;

2. Next, launch Quicken, and navigate through File > Backup or Restore > Backup Quicken File;

3. Now choose the option  Backup on my computer or hard drive. There is also the option to Change in case of any “oops” moment:

4. Finally, click Back up Now to initiate the process.

Method 3: Backup on an Online Drive

This method is exactly the same as Method 1. The only difference is, to choose an online drive link DropBox on the second step.

Bonus – How to Recover a QDF Backup

1. Launch the Quicken application and then go through File > Backup and Restore > Restore from Backup File….> Browse;

2. This will now open a window to choose the QDF file from.

3. Look for the correct data file. If you followed our steps, it should be the one with the latest date;

4. Next, click on the file to restore, then click Open > Restore Backup;

5. After that, there are options to overwrite the file you have or to create a copy of the backup you’re restoring. Choose the best option and proceed.

To sum it all up

The Quicken data file extension QDF has a lot to offer. It has more capabilities than just storing data. As we can see that it can be backed up, and also restarted with a few easy steps. This makes it easy for Quicken users to shift to another system if need be and not lose out any data. This additional convenience is a major factor that contributes to Quicken’s fame and success.

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