1. Joined : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10
       10 Oct 2016 #1

    Confused about backup


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    I'm new to Win 10 and yesterday tried to back up my files for the first time. I went to setting>update & security>backup and tried to backup on a flash drive (to transfer to ext. HD), but got a message that files not yet backed up. I then exported my Firefox folders and copied and pasted files. The screenshot you see is what is on my flash drive when I plug it into the USB port. However, when I did the copy, paste routine nothing came up indicating that I was copying (a bar w/how much time each folder, would take to be copied). My question is this: Is what I have on my flash drive a true backup? I can plug in the flash drive, download new files and put them (seemingly) on the drive. This morning when I opened "Backup", there were no options for backup...no files, etc. What should I do at this point. Thanks for your assistance.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    N Calif
    Posts : 641
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
       10 Oct 2016 #2

    The backup in Win 10 doesn't work the way you're thinking it does. It's actually called "File History" and backs up your files automatically, once per hour (you don't have control over which files or when they get backed up, only which drive to use). Having it back up to a removable drive really doesn't make sense.

    I would recommend a 3rd party backup program such as the free Macrium Reflect. It is a full fledged backup program that gives you lots of control over what gets backed up and when.

    However, for what you were trying to do, move files to an external disk, a simple copy/paste operation would probably be sufficient. I'm curious though, why not connect the external disk to your computer and backup or copy the files directly there?
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  3. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 164
    Windows 10
       10 Oct 2016 #3

    Elias said: View Post
    Sorry I can't help but, I see that your system specs say that you have a dell inspiron. I also have a Dell Inspiron and i really need to get my Dell power plan can you help me? (See this thread posted by me) Does anyone have a Dell Inspiron series Laptop? (Need Help) - Windows 10 Forums Thank you!
    Sorry, but I'm struggling with Win 10 same as you. Wish I could help.
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 164
    Windows 10
       10 Oct 2016 #4

    strollin said: View Post
    The backup in Win 10 doesn't work the way you're thinking it does. It's actually called "File History" and backs up your files automatically, once per hour (you don't have control over which files or when they get backed up, only which drive to use). Having it back up to a removable drive really doesn't make sense.

    I would recommend a 3rd party backup program such as the free Macrium Reflect. It is a full fledged backup program that gives you lots of control over what gets backed up and when.

    However, for what you were trying to do, move files to an external disk, a simple copy/paste operation would probably be sufficient. I'm curious though, why not connect the external disk to your computer and backup or copy the files directly there?
    I'm using a flash drive because I'm using a laptop while sitting in a recliner. My external HD has a very short cord. Have I now disabled the automatic backup operation. when I got to Backup, there are no longer any options. Actually all I need to do is backup files and pics, so I guess a simple copy/paste would do. Will look in to Macrium Reflect. Thanks.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 830
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       10 Oct 2016 #5

    strollin said: View Post
    The backup in Win 10 doesn't work the way you're thinking it does. It's actually called "File History" and backs up your files automatically, once per hour (you don't have control over which files or when they get backed up, only which drive to use).
    Actually you do have some control. Under File History's 'more options' you can manually 'Back up now', set the automatic interval anywhere between '10 minutes' and 'Daily', and choose which folders get backed up (or, more accurately, include or exclude specific folders). File History's one advantage is that it works away in the background without you noticing. Then, should you need it, previous versions are a right-click away on the file Properties.

    Having it back up to a removable drive really doesn't make sense.
    No, it doesn't. I set it to use a drive on my network. If your router has a USB socket then a cheap and cheerful way to make a network accessible drive is to plug a USB hard drive into it.

    I would recommend a 3rd party backup program such as the free Macrium Reflect.
    There's no reason you can't do both - I do. File History plus my own backup programme. You can never have enough backups.
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  6. Joined : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10
       11 Oct 2016 #6

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ID:	105413I just posted a new thread re this problem. Sorry but forgot about this one. The other thread is "can't turn file history on". I've included the screenshot here that I also posted there, but I've gotten pretty frustrated dealing with this problem...even tried a system restore, but file history still off. Can't seem to turn it on through the control panel or file history.
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  7. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 164
    Windows 10
       17 Oct 2016 #7

    File History is fixed and working fine. Do I still need to install the Dell Quickset utility?
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