File History Error 200 Every 2 Days?

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #21

    spilly said:
    I have a very similar problem, and want to re-initialise FH to start a completely new backup


    FH failed on me when it found an Apple Mac file that had an invalid character in the filename
    The FH log identified the full file path. I've since removed the file, and don't think there are any more
    My back up config is just the standard libraries.

    Right now I'm getting the following error

    Attachment 325467

    I got this after taking the following steps

    Settings Backup switched OFF
    Stopped the FH service
    Deleted from %APPDATA% the entire Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory folder
    Deleted the entire backup FH Folder from the external drive
    Rebooted & checked FH service still stopped

    Used Control Panel \ File History to select a drive
    It showed the correct drive, but there was no "Copying for the first time..." message
    There was no Run Now message either
    I examined the FH Backup folder and found that the Data folder was empty.
    There was no disk activity either

    Used Select Drive again to choose another drive, that seemed to work
    Response as expected with Run Now, but on click got the error message above

    I have previously tested creating a new User, with just a few files in Docs
    This seems to work perfectly in the new dummy account.
    I have backed up, updated and restored, all as expected

    How do I get FH to believe it's being run for the first time in my real user account?
    I've been struggling with this on and off for weeks, and will really appreciate some help.

    Spilly
    Deleting the config file usually resets things, personally just had File History give me the 200 error again. Which is really annoying as I haven't had any updates or modified anything at all :/

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just an update if anyone else has this issue, I manually started a FH backup and it's working again now. For those who suffer from FH messing up and want to know if they get the error 200 you can use push bullet and a simple script to be notified when it happens. Check out this post on reddit, it'll save you from having to manually check it yourself.
    Notification on Event Viewer Error? : Windows10TechSupport
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  2. Posts : 61
    Win 10 10 Pro
       #22

    nixed: I've made some suggestions on your error 200 problem at the end
    I think my own FH problem is now solved thanks to clues posted here - So thanks guys
    ----

    Unlike you, I wanted to abandon all old backup data and restart from scratch, but FH kept failing to initiate (post #20)
    After reading Steve C's posts #16 & #18 carefully, FH now seems to be OK for me.
    I went a bit further than Steve recommended
    I deleted both of the 2 subfolders (Configuration and Data) from %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory

    1. Stopped FH in Control Panel
    2. Checked FHSVC was actually stopped (Task Mgr/Services)
    3. Deleted both Configuration and Data from %localAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory
      leaving FileHistory empty
    4. I also cleared the File History event log, just to give me a clean sheet
    5. Re-booted while FH was switched OFF


    After restart, I also deleted FileHistory folder from my external backup drive
    (You probably won't want to do this )

    In Control Panel, I turned FH back on. I think I had to click Run Now to kick it off. and all was well!!
    -----


    nixed Here are my guesses at solving your problem


    Looking first in the backup drive, the Data folder contains all the actual file backups
    and the Configuration folder is small holding Config1 & 2 and Catalog1 and 2

    The %LOCALAPPDATA% Configuration folder holds Config1 & 2, Catalog.EDB 1 & 2 and Catalog.JFM1 & 2
    - similar to but not direct copies of the Backup equivalent.

    I think the local Data folder (called the staging area) must be the local data cache for when the backup drive is offline

    Guess 1
    The local Data staging area folder is not critical and is created at run time

    Guess 2
    Your error 200 may be caused by incompatibility between the two sets of Config and Catalog files
    I guess the versions on the backup drive are the more important
    If you delete the APPDATA versions first, there can't be a conflict.
    - but the backup versions could be corrupted somehow.

    Conclusion.
    You've got nothing to lose.
    Do steps 1 to 3 and 5 as I did above (maybe not step 4)

    Explore the top folders in your backup drive, just so you know what they look like
    e.g. note folder names & paths to the Config files

    OR, if you want to, Delete the backup FileHistory folder (Nuclear option)

    Then restart FH. If it finds existing backup data, accept and continue.

    If FH restarts successfully, I suggest you again explore the backup folders as above and update your record

    Good luck
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #23

    spilly said:
    nixed: I've made some suggestions on your error 200 problem at the end
    I think my own FH problem is now solved thanks to clues posted here - So thanks guys
    ----

    Unlike you, I wanted to abandon all old backup data and restart from scratch, but FH kept failing to initiate (post #20)
    After reading Steve C's posts #16 & #18 carefully, FH now seems to be OK for me.
    I went a bit further than Steve recommended
    I deleted both of the 2 subfolders (Configuration and Data) from %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory

    1. Stopped FH in Control Panel
    2. Checked FHSVC was actually stopped (Task Mgr/Services)
    3. Deleted both Configuration and Data from %localAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory
      leaving FileHistory empty
    4. I also cleared the File History event log, just to give me a clean sheet
    5. Re-booted while FH was switched OFF


    After restart, I also deleted FileHistory folder from my external backup drive
    (You probably won't want to do this )

    In Control Panel, I turned FH back on. I think I had to click Run Now to kick it off. and all was well!!
    -----


    nixed Here are my guesses at solving your problem


    Looking first in the backup drive, the Data folder contains all the actual file backups
    and the Configuration folder is small holding Config1 & 2 and Catalog1 and 2

    The %LOCALAPPDATA% Configuration folder holds Config1 & 2, Catalog.EDB 1 & 2 and Catalog.JFM1 & 2
    - similar to but not direct copies of the Backup equivalent.

    I think the local Data folder (called the staging area) must be the local data cache for when the backup drive is offline

    Guess 1
    The local Data staging area folder is not critical and is created at run time

    Guess 2
    Your error 200 may be caused by incompatibility between the two sets of Config and Catalog files
    I guess the versions on the backup drive are the more important
    If you delete the APPDATA versions first, there can't be a conflict.
    - but the backup versions could be corrupted somehow.

    Conclusion.
    You've got nothing to lose.
    Do steps 1 to 3 and 5 as I did above (maybe not step 4)

    Explore the top folders in your backup drive, just so you know what they look like
    e.g. note folder names & paths to the Config files

    OR, if you want to, Delete the backup FileHistory folder (Nuclear option)

    Then restart FH. If it finds existing backup data, accept and continue.

    If FH restarts successfully, I suggest you again explore the backup folders as above and update your record

    Good luck
    Ah yes I've had to do that to get it to restart over completely. FH is great when it works, what causes this issue is not known. It says error with the configuration file but it doesn't seem to be reliably set off. Updates naturally can cause it to happen and have for me but it seems to happen randomly. Always good to make a restore point and backup of windows before updating.
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  4. Posts : 61
    Win 10 10 Pro
       #24

    Agreed... and using Macrium Reflect to do it for preference.
    - That's the received wisdom at TenForums

    g
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  5. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #25

    spilly said:
    Agreed... and using Macrium Reflect to do it for preference.
    - That's the received wisdom at TenForums

    g
    Agree 100%, Macrium Reflect is a life saver
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