Quicken Data Files

I have never changed my Quicken Preferences in regards to where backups should be saved, but in my Users / Documents folder I have a file named Quicken Data.qdfm, a file named Copy of 1Quicken Data.qtfm, a folder named Quicken Backup Folder and a folder named Quicken Backup Folder Copy (which is locked).    In the Quicken Backup Folder Copy, there are 12 Quicken Data.qdfm files numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, and 61 at the beginning of each file.    In the Quicken Backup Folder, there are 60 some .qdfm files and a folder named Old Quicken Folder which has 9 files with (Q2005) at the end of them.    Are all of these files and folders only backups and can I trash all of them and start the backups from scratch?  In other words, can I trash all of them, open Quicken, then quit Quicken, so that I'll have a brand new backup or can I just back it up manually.  The folder named Backup folder consists of 266.5MBs of files!    Also, does the Quicken Application save itself as a .qdfm file (so to speak)?

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The file named Quicken Data.qdfm is the file you originally created.  The files numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6 are backups of the original file.  The files numbered 11,21,31,41,51,61 are backups of backup file 1. This indicates that you have opened and closed backup file 1 at least six times.  Every time you close a Quicken file, a backup is created, whether you have made any changes to the accounts or not.  By opening and closing backup files Quicken is creating backups of backups. Remember...Quicken creates a backup of what ever file was open each time Quicken is quit. Eventually you won't know which file is which.   To make your backups more useful:  1. Turn off b Automatic Backups  2. Turn on b Remind me to backup the data file  Now you can decide when to backup the file. If you've only opened the file the review some information, there is obviously no need for a new backup. Ideally you should be backing up to a different volume or disk.   To make it easier to open your data file, drag it to the right hand end of the dock near the trash can and release it. This will place an icon of the file in the dock. Now a single click on that icon launches Quicken and opens the data file.  When you have all that done and are satisfied that your original file contains all your latest data you can safely drag all the other backups and copies to the trash.
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