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How do I convert data files for a Quicken Deluxe 2000 nning on OS 9.2 Mac to Quicken Essentials running on OS 10.7 lion

    It depends. If you are running your version of OS 9 under a "Classic" mode on a OS X machine, you can use the converter application from the CD (or disk image) of QEM to convert the file. This convertor will not run under Lion for technical reasons.

    If your older machine is OS 9 only, then you will have to contact support and have them perform the conversion.
    • This is a followup question to the question and answer given late last year. I have a large historic database of Quicken Deluxe 2000 running in Classic Mode on a PowerBook G4 which is set up in Mac OSX Version 10.4.11. I have purchased a MacBook Pro which is currently running in Snow Leopard. After some other conversions are made, we plan on upgrading this computer to Lion. The data has been moved to the new computer, but when I click on the database for the old OS 9 Quicken Data, I get the message "You can't open the application Quicken 5 because the Classic environment is no longer supported."

      How do I upgrade my data to Snow Leopard (Mac OS X Version 10.6.8) and then later to Lion?
    • Ron: You can actually perform the conversion on either your newer machine, or the PB running Tiger. You just can't run Quicken 2000 on your newer machine because, as you found out, Classic support was sunset with Leopard (10.5).

      (When you run Essentials, you will be walked through this. But, in your case, it is probably easier to know what is going on/do it yourself) When you purchase Essentials, on either the CD or disk image, there will be a folder "Converting?" In that, you will find a Quicken File Exchange Utility. That will take your old file, a .qdfm, and convert it to a .qdfx file. You then drag that to QEM, and it will import that intermediary file.

      Note: there actually are TWO versions of the Quicken File Exchange Utility. The original is a PowerPC app, and a just released one has been reworked one that runs on Intel based Macs (for Lion users) You want to use the older one because it is kinder to older files such as you have. Both only officially support 2005 and later, but the PPC based one allows you to convert much older files. The newer one bows up.
    • I purchased the new Quicken Essentials for Mac from Office Depot, but I suspect that the Quicken File Exchange Utility maybe the newer one because I can't get the older file to convert. What are your suggestions?