File History inflexibility?  

  1. Posts : 468
    Windows 10

    File History inflexibility?

    I'm trying File History as a possible replacement for my old but trusty Second Copy backup program.

    Am I unusual in finding it rather inflexible? In particular, it doesn't allow me to add any folders to its chosen fixed set. For example, on my SSD C: I have several large folders like C:\Agent, C:\epson and others. Not to mention the 11 GB of C:\ProgramData, which contains important files I may well want to restore sometime. Perhaps also the even larger \Program Files. Yet File History includes only C:\Users\terry.

    I'm also unclear how it chose and named that set. Why two 'Videos' for example? And why are some of my subfolders listed as individual entries rather than nested inside their parent folders where I would go looking?

    In fact I don't like its restore home screen, which doesn't match the familiar tree in Explorer, Which makes it less easy to restore a specific file or folder. Why that design choice?

    File History inflexibility?-filehistoryrestore-1.jpg

    It clearly has some strong points, especially for those rare occasions when, rather than recovering a deleted file, I might want an earlier version of it (although I'd expect a high price in terms of disk storage). So to reach a balanced view I'd welcome others' opinions please.

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
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  2. Posts : 468
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Solved after help elsewhere. In brief, open the Libraries list, add a new one, then populate that with the additional folders that you want to backup.
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