Back up the files that Quicken uses to store your financial records so that you have copies you can use if something happens to your computer. You can put your Quicken backup on any sort of portable media that works with your computer (such as DVDs or flash drives).


Insert a writable CD or DVD into the appropriate drive or a flash drive into a USB port.

You can back up to any disk or storage device you can write to. You only need to know which letters your computer uses to label its drives. If you don’t, consult the documentation that came with your computer.

Make sure that it displays one of the accounts in the file you want to back up. (If you don’t remember setting up multiple files, don’t worry. You probably have only one file — the usual case.)


Choose File→Backup and Restore→Backup Quicken File on the menu bar.

Quicken displays the Quicken Backup dialog box.


Select the On My Computer option button.

Verify that the disk letter shown in the text box is the one you want to use for backing up.


If the text box doesn't display the disk letter you want, click the Change button.

Quicken displays the Browse For Folder dialog box.


Select the correct disk and folder.

You can use any removable disk, including a flash drive, a writable CD, or even a Zip disk.


Click OK.

You see a message on-screen that says, “Aye, Cap’n, I’m working just as fast as I can” (or something to that effect). Then you see a message that says the backup is complete. If the file you want to back up is too large, Quicken displays a warning message telling you so. In this case, you need to shrink the file, use a different disk, or use multiple disks.

You can also back up Quicken online. When you select the Online option button and click OK, Quicken explains the Quicken Online Backup service and gets you started. Just so you know, an online backup gets stored on Intuit’s computers (Intuit makes Quicken), rather than on your computer’s disks. Online backup works the same basic way as disk backup, except you need an Internet connection, and the online backup service costs money.