Windows 10: File History - Deleting Entries Solved

  1.    16 Jun 2017 #1

    File History - Deleting Entries

    File History

    Can I delete current individual Document entries in File History and still have File History work properly for future listings and maintain my old listings?

    Another tech forum said:
    "File History keeps a database of all the files backed up. Since you manually deleted data in the File History folder (My Documents), the database and file store would be out of sync."

    Do you agree?

    Last edited by Jerry8A; 17 Jun 2017 at 09:17.
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       22 Jun 2017 #2

    Anyone there??
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       22 Jun 2017 #3

    I think the reason that no one has replied yet is that, as far as I know, you cannot manually delete individual files within File History without risking breaking the database.

    The only safe way to manage your File History storage is to use it's own tools, which are limited to a global delete of copies older than a certain date.

    Delete Older Versions of File History in Windows 10
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       23 Jun 2017 #4

    Thanks Bree - I was not aware of that tutorial.
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  5.    24 Jun 2017 #5

    Hello Bree and Jeddie –

    I posted this question earlier on another tech forum. I thought others might be interested in the reply I received. The below reply is the remainder of what I posted previously in my post.

    File History keeps a database of all the files backed up. Since you manually deleted data in the File History folder (My Documents), the database and file store would be out of sync. If you don't need your previous File History backups, turn off file history and remove the entire directory. When done configure File History again. This will trigger a whole new backup. Additionally you are right that the backups are incremental in nature. File History checks the file system journal to determine what files were added or changed since the last backup.

    Anyway, thanks for your return.

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  6.    25 Jun 2017 #6

    I wouldn't rely totally on File History. I use Macrium Reflect Free to backup my system & user files. I only use File History to augment these backups since you can set it to scan your files regularly - I use 3 hours.
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