Windows 10: Does BackUp to an external hd do a new backup with date?

  1.    07 Feb 2018 #1

    Does BackUp to an external hd do a new backup with date?


    I have been backing up my Win10 to external harddrives. However, when I check the harddrives, the only File History I can find was dated 1.31.18

    It seems as if when I want to change the HD used, the laptop balks at this and I have to go to Adv. Settings and turn backup on again and specific the new HD I want used.

    I did that today and backed up with a C type flashdrive and an external Western Digital...and both now show File Histories with today's date.

    Is that what I need to do each time or am I missing something?

    Thank you.
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  2.    07 Feb 2018 #2

    Welcome to the forum. How are you doing this backup with Windows or disk image? Backup isn't so important now as you can download the latest Windows ISO for free if you save files to one drive or Google drive they are safe on the cloud
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  3.    07 Feb 2018 #3

    Iíve used this method:

    Select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Backup > Add a drive, and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

    How would i indicate I want to send backup to my Onedrive?
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       07 Feb 2018 #4

    jane824 said: View Post
    I’ve used this method:

    Select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Backup > Add a drive, and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.
    You are using File History. The way this works is that once you have chosen a drive to hold your File History, backups will be automatically made to that drive until such time as you turn off File History or choose another drive for it to use. It is not designed for continually changing the backup destination, it is intended that you use the same drive so that a continuous history is created. This can be a USB drive that's not permanently available, because...

    ...If the drive selected as the backup location becomes unavailable, such as when a USB cable is disconnected or the network goes down for maintenance, File History will continue to do its job by saving the copies to a cache on the local drive. Once the backup location becomes available again, the cached contents are transferred to that location and removed from the local drive.
    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10

    It was (apparently) intended that File History would be removed in the Fall Creators Update and replaced by a new feature called Timeline. This did not happen. Timeline may yet make it into the next Features Update (1803?) due out in April this year.

    [Unfortunately though, it seems that the new Timeline feature that Joe Belfiore introduced during the annual developer conference won’t be ready for the upcoming Fall Creators Update.

    The exec himself confirmed the bad news on Twitter earlier today, adding that the feature should make an appearance in post-Fall Creators Update Insider builds:
    Timeline feature will not make Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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  5.    07 Feb 2018 #5

    I recommend using Macrium Reflect or EaseUS or AOMEI and making full images of the OS and Data partitions onto external media of your choosing; that and File History should give you good routine backups, and, restores when needed.
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  6.    07 Feb 2018 #6

    Thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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