1.    18 Jul 2017 #1
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    how to use file history on a partition (of the same drive) [solved]


    To use a partition you must first turn on the sharing option on it. So click on your partition, go to property, on the sharing tab click on advanced sharing. Share it with yourselves, or the other. Then run: filehistory, click on configure file history select your partition.
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  2.    20 Jul 2017 #2
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    I'd never thought of sharing the whole partition although you can do this another way retaining the normal partition settings

    You Create a folder on the standard partition in the normal way and call it 'File History'. Now right click the folder and set it to be a shared network location. Select 'home user/not publicly available'.

    Now when you enter the file history screen all you need do is hover (or click) over 'Desktop' and the shared folder should be showing as available to use. If needed, copy the file path of the folder into the initial setting up screen of file history.

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  3.    20 Jul 2017 #3
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    how to use file history in a folder stored anywhere

    1. just create a folder where you want you file history to be (in a partition or in your C.
    2. Enable sharing (right click, property)
    3. the "network path" will appear (ex: \\ME-PC\windows File History). Copy it.
    4. Run "filehistory"
    5. select drive / add network location
    6. in the field 'folder' past your network path.
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  4.    20 Jul 2017 #4
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    This of course works - File History can point to any shared folder on the network, even one on the same physical drive. It does however reduce the protection afforded by File History. You will loose your File History in the event of a drive failure - just when you need it the most.

    I have mine pointing to a shared folder on another drive. It's an external HDD plugged into the USB socket on the back of my router, effectively a cheap and cheerful alternative to a NAS.
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  5.    20 Jul 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    File History can point to any shared folder on the network, even one on the same physical drive. It does however reduce the protection afforded by File History.
    Indeed. In addition when your backup drive is disconnected it saves versions to
    %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Data and this is flushed automatically to backup drive when it is connected. In case of disk failure File History is only good up until the last time backup drive was connected.
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