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  1. Posts : 322
    win 10 home
       #1

    FileHistory says I've never done a backup..err


    Having had a disaster meaning I had to rest my system, and stupidly not having backed up my files for sometime, I am now keeping an external drive connected to record FileHistory. However, on going to Settings>Update & Security>Backup> backup Options it seems I have never done a backup before. I'm confused, especially as Add or Remove Folders for File History in Windows 10 has a warning about FileHistory now being unsupported.
    My system details are attached.

    Can you explain, please, and give me guidance as to how I should proceed with Backups, and why I am getting the confusing message?
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  2. Posts : 66,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello chipwood, :)

    File History is going to eventually be replaced by a new "Timeline" feature in Windows 10.

    Personally, I would recommend to keep a system image backup of your system using Macrium Reflect instead.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 1,621
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    +1 on Brink's suggestion. I may be wrong, however to me, File History is not a backup that would restore an OS partition or a data partition if hit by viri or malware strong enough to take out an OS partition, or if hit by ransomware, any/all internal and external storage media would be hit within minutes or hours.
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  4. Posts : 66,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    Hello Roland, :)

    You're correct. File History will only back up files in selected folders.
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  5. Posts : 2,609
    Windows 10
       #5

    File History is for user files, a sort of Time Machine of changing files. Easily accessible from File Explorer History button.
    You cannot use it for system backup.

    For System backup you can Image your drives.

    I do both the above. File History on a 12 hour schedule, System Image roughly monthly, keeping the last three or so.

    MS does not explain it properly, very confusing mess, munged with legacy stuff from Windows 7. Not exactly simple for a consumer user to sort out.
    On mine this legacy stuff says no backup (Windows 7 style) which is true. However this has nothing to do with File History which came in Windows 8/10.

    I think it's this that has made you think File History is not working.
    If you open File Explorer with Home Tab selected and Ribbon showing you should see a History icon. This is normally greyed out, but go to a folder where File History is operating it lights up. Select that and you see the File History.
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  6. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #6

    Helmut said:
    File History is for user files, a sort of Time Machine of changing files. Easily accessible from File Explorer History button.
    You cannot use it for system backup.

    For System backup you can Image your drives.

    I do both the above. File History on a 12 hour schedule, System Image roughly monthly, keeping the last three or so..
    Exactly. A system image is not an alternative to File History - you can't browse through previous versions of a file using Macrium Reflect - you would have to load each image backup and have a look. This is both impractical and not what the software was designed for.

    Neither though is File History an alternative to a system image as you can't rebuild your system from it.

    Apparently File History is to be replaced with "Timeline" (which sounds like a copy of MacOS Time Machine which allows restoring both individual files and OS at a certain time) but as there is currently zero information as to when (or even if) this may happen, whether it will support importing File History or not we are stuck in limbo.

    I would (and do) use both until it becomes clearer.
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  7. Posts : 56,681
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #7

    lx07 said:
    Exactly. A system image is not an alternative to File History - you can't browse through previous versions of a file using Macrium reflect - you would have to load each image and have a look.

    Neither though is File History an alternative to a system image as you can't rebuild your system from it.

    Apparently File History is to be replaced with "Timeline" (which sounds like a copy of MacOS Time Machine which allows restoring both individual files and OS at a certain time) but as there is currently zero information as to when (or even if) this may happen, whether it will support importing File History or not we are stuck in limbo.

    I would (and do) do both until it becomes clearer.
    Not entirely correct. You don't need to load/restore the image to look, or even copy a file. Simply mount the image thru Macrium. It assigns a drive letter, and you use the Explore function. Looks just like opening in Explorer.
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  8. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #8

    f14tomcat said:
    Not entirely correct. You don't need to load/restore the image to look, or even copy a file. Simply mount the image thru Macrium. It assigns a drive letter, and you use the Explore function. Looks just like opening in Explorer.
    It is entirely correct (if you will forgive me using the word "load" to mean "mount" - I didn't mean "restore").

    If I want to see the last few versions of my document though I'd rather use (the built in) File History than mount my last ten macrium backups and then separately browse to

    G:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    H:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    I:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    J:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    K:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    etc

    to compare them. That is what File History is for and it works very well.

    Usually.
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  9. Posts : 56,681
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #9

    lx07 said:
    It is entirely correct (if you will forgive me using the word "load" to mean "mount" - I didn't mean "restore").

    If I want to see the last few versions of my document though I'd rather use (the built in) File History than mount my last ten macrium backups and then separately browse to

    G:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    H:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    I:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    J:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    K:\Users\Hali\Documents\Folder\Folder\folder\Document.doc
    etc

    to compare them. That is what File History is for and it works very well.

    Usually.
    Apologies. I took you literally....that you could not browse previous versions of a file.
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  10. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #10

    f14tomcat said:
    Apologies. I took you literally....that you could not browse previous versions of a file.
    No worries - I use the wrong word sometimes...

    I really hope File History isn't abandoned before there is something to replace it as it is excellent for what it is for.
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