Windows 10: Can't turn file history on Solved

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  1.    12 Oct 2016 #11

    Good news..
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  2.    12 Oct 2016 #12

    Back again...I went to Macrium website to download M. Reflect and found there is a trial version and a full version. I was under the impression that it was a free download. Am I missing something?
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  3. Posts : 875
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       12 Oct 2016 #13

    Although you need to understand the implications (as dalchina pointed out), you can actually use File History with your main drive (to back up to another partition) and avoid the need to have a USB drive attached. I

    found on a laptop that using a USB3 flash drive constantly for File History caused annoying and noticeable lag of the cursor and a general overall increase in 'resources used'. My otherwise extremely speedy laptop wasn't quite so snappy. So I use File History to back up to the main drive and continue with system images as a total safeguard.

    File History - Windows 10 Forums

    Edit... last post in that thread shows how to do it.
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       12 Oct 2016 #14

    Mooly said: View Post
    Although you need to understand the implications (as dalchina pointed out), you can actually use File History with your main drive (to back up to another partition) and avoid the need to have a USB drive attached.

    ... last post in that thread shows how to do it.
    Neat trick - share a local folder so File History thinks it's a network drive. Being on the same drive it's no protection for a drive failure though (one of those implications that dalchina pointed out).

    I prefer to point my File History to a completely independent network drive. It's easy to make one if your router has a USB socket, just plug a USB drive into it (preferably an HDD, but you can use a USB stick). Most routers will share this as a network accessible drive.

    I also use a separate backup utility and make regular system images (you can never have enough backups).
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       13 Oct 2016 #15

    Thanks (I can't claim the credit for it though, that goes to Brink ? from memory). I find it works well and has no apparent impact on performance at all even when set to back up every 15 minutes.

    I've never tried the USB/router thing, one for a rainy day perhaps
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  6.    13 Oct 2016 #16

    My files are automatically being backed up to C: drive, are they not? I mean, I don't have to make any adjustment to make that happen do I? Please let me know if there is.
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    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
       13 Oct 2016 #17

    The C drive (or C partition) is where the operating system lives. When you work with documents/pictures/music etc they are automatically stored there, with the operating system.

    Files History copies those same files and puts them in another location away from the C drive (or partition).

    If you take a typical laptop for example that has one drive installed, then the C drive can be either the whole of the space of that drive taken up by the operating system or more usually that one drive is split into different partitions (like a CD with more than one track on it). When the drive is split, the part holding the operating system is always called C. The other areas are then divided up as you wish , D, E etc. Any letter you want.

    Does that help or not
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  8.    13 Oct 2016 #18

    Thanks, I understand. Just use the laptop for web browsing basically. The few files I have on it, I put on a flash drive....just wanted to make sure files were being backed upto C: (I pretty much knew that).
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       13 Oct 2016 #19

    Yes, C is where it all happens but the files are there 'in real time only'. They are not backed up there. If you delete a file (picture say) from C then its gone. If you have File History backing them up to another separate location then the file is safely stored there as well... backed up and available to be reinstated.
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       13 Oct 2016 #20

    Mooly said: View Post
    I've never tried the USB/router thing, one for a rainy day perhaps
    I see you're UK based. If you have a BT hub (as I do) it's easy. Works on all BT hubs, but best with the new Smart Hub (their first to have a USB3 socket).
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