Windows 10: File History not recognizing drive

  1.    19 Sep 2017 #1

    File History not recognizing drive

    Hi folks
    As you can see from the attached screenshot, I'm having a problem with File History backup. The selected drive is an outboard Lifestream 1tb hard drive connected through a USB port on the computer. I have other, individual application backups on this drive and also a File History backup from another computer.

    Windows 10
    HP Envy All in One
    Backup size 9.7 GB

    Thanks in advance for your help
    Bob Hennessy
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       19 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi there, Bob. Welcome to Windows TenForums.

    Check the drive's permissions by right clicking for the context menu > Security tab.
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  3.    19 Sep 2017 #3

    See attached
    Bob H
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    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       19 Sep 2017 #4

    You're welcome. What's it look like highlighting System and Administrator?

    I would advise not to show personal items such as your (DESKTOP-number). One never knows with hackers around. You can delete pics here by clicking on "Edit post" > Scroll down until you see the pic's thumbnail > X it at the top right and choose delete. You can white that out in a pic editor app and repost if you like. Up to you.

    You may want to look through this tutorial on the subject. Change Permissions of Objects for Users and Groups in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  5.    19 Sep 2017 #5

    Both allow all permissions
    Will check out the tutorial
    Bob H
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  6.    19 Sep 2017 #6

    Allowing full control under 'Authenticated Users' seems to have solved the problem.
    Many Thanks Hippsie Gypsie'
    Bob H
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  7. Posts : 38,043
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       19 Sep 2017 #7

    Probably not a permissions problem then. It's not duplicating a drive letter is it? Does File Explorer see it? Device Manager see it? Any in Device Manager?

    Could be a GPT vs MBR conflict. On what machine was this drive formatted?
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  8.    19 Sep 2017 #8

    See above.
    Also, quick question.......Can I control how often File History overwrites a previous backup?

    Thanks again Hippsie Gipsie
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    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       19 Sep 2017 #9

    You must've posted right before I did so I didn't see your post. That's great news. :)

    I don't use it, but I'd imagine that setting would be in advanced settings? Here's another tutorial on the subject. Please notice after each tutorial there are other related tutes that are linked.

    Enable or Disable File History in Windows 10 Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials

    Also, the best way to find tutes or help here is with this custom search. Notice the different tabs in the results page.

    Google Custom Search
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       19 Sep 2017 #10

    File History does not quite work like that it is more of a Time Machine of versions. It will only backup again if the file changes if it stays the same it won't do anything.
    So the number depends on whether the file changes.

    The choices are Forever (default), or various times, or until space is needed.

    Control Panel > All Items > File History > Advanced settings, under versions there is a link for Clean up versions.
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