Keep File History Working But Remove Drive Letter (Hide in Explorer)

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    Keep File History Working But Remove Drive Letter (Hide in Explorer)

    Win10 V1909. Title says it all.
    I plug hot swap and image many drives in a day and I am stick of looking at my file history drive in Windows Explorer. Is it possible to remove the drive letter and still keep file history working?
    Can I hide it from explorer without removing the drive letter? (And still allow File History to work)


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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2

    File history won't recognize a drive without a drive letter. At first I thought that you might be able to mount the file history drive to a mount point, but that by itself doesn't work.

    However, File History will work with a network share, so I have a kind of crazy idea for a workaround. I tested this and it seems to work.

    1) Remove the drive letter from the File History drive and mount it to a mount point instead.

    2) Share the drive by creating a network share to it.

    3) Configure File History to backup to a network share. Point it to that network share that you just created.

    At this point the drive will no longer show up in File Explorer since it does not have a drive letter but file history will still be able to access the drive.

    If you need detailed steps for the above please let me know. I'll be happy to provide detailed steps.

    If anyone else has other ideas, feel free to jump in.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Yes, File History is quite happy to use a share. You don't need a mapped drive letter, File History will accept a name in the form \\server\sharename.

    I've had my File History set upb to use a network share for years, but in my case it is actually on another server, it's a usb external drive plugged into my router.
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    Thanks so much! Working like a charm. MUCH Appreciated.
    Never thought of the fact that network drives dont have a drive letter!
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