Unable to add a drive for File History

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  1. Posts : 2,763
    Windows 10 Pro X64


    Using Net Share perhaps ? Can't quite remember how to either.

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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    fdegrove said:

    Using Net Share perhaps ? Can't quite remember how to either.

    @fdegrove I think you're right, there.
    It did have something to do with sharing. I just can't remember where I read that work around.
    I just couldn't really figure it out, and decided that since my libraries(downloads, music, pictures, videos),
    are on my 2nd internal, and documents are sync'd to OneDrive(only documents) and only desktop remaining on C: disk,
    I didn't need it for my desktop PC.

    It works on my laptop though, with a 1 1/2TB USB ext. drive.
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  3. pxfragonard's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home Version 1909 (OC Build 18363.592)

    I sympathize. Same problem. Except my user profile recognized only one drive attached, the Admin recognizes two others. None recognize all attached. Strange.
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    Windows 10

    Gratitude: Registered for this site to thank those who contributed to this discussion. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was enough information for me to figure out the work-around.

    Rant: It is my understanding that File History in Windows 10 will only connect to a network location (e.g., NAS) or an external drive. Have difficultly understanding why File History will not by default recognize any internal drives, even though understand that it's perhaps a better practice to backup to a different drive than the main data drive, but still. Some desktop computers, for instance, can house up to four internal drives. Surely, should be able to use one for File History backups. Well, as it happens, this can be done, but requires a work-around as noted in the discussion above. The solution that worked for me is below.

    Solution that worked for me: On one of the (unused for anything else) internal drives, created a folder called "Backups" (can really call it anything). Right-clicked the folder and selected "Give access to >" then "Specific people...". The computer owner was already listed, so at that point, simply pressed "Share". This created a network location (which in my case was hidden from file explorer). Next step was navigating back to File History setup and clicked on "Select drive" under advanced settings. Proceeded to "add a network location" and entered the network location for the new "Backups" folder as follows: entered without quotes "\\Computer-Name\Backups" (for "Computer-Name" need to use the actual name of the computer), and selected this location. Then turned on File History. Done!
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