Unable to add a drive for File History

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    Unable to add a drive for File History


    I'm having trouble setting the windows 10 file history drive. The drive I'm trying to use is Y: on disk 4 in the disk management image attached, which shares a 4TB hdd with another two partitions. It uses GPT and is a dynamic disk. All partitions are formatted as NTFS. When I go to file history and attempt to set the drive, only another partition on a different hdd is selectable which I would prefer to not use.

    I was able to use this drive for file history up until I reinstalled windows 10 recently, where I formatted down to windows 7 from windows 10 tech preview, then upgraded to windows 10 to activate my old win 7 key. This was done after a recent major hardware upgrade (motherboard/cpu/ram). The 4TB hdd wouldn't have been touched by any of the windows installation procedures and I haven't set any page or hybernation files to it. The only difference is that it's plugged into a different motherboard. The old motherboard was a Gigabyte GA-980FXA UD5 (rev 2101) and the new one is a Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming GT G1 (rev 1).

    I've had a look around on the web, and solutions have asked to remove any folders on the partition from libraries, which I have done as far as I can tell, with no success (there weren't any in the first place, but there were some on the other partitions which I've removed). Another solution was to share the partition with full read/write access to everybody. This did work, but it seems like terrible work around rather than a fix.

    I'm guessing this might have something to do with the GBT/dynamic nature of the disk, but if that was the case then it shouldn't have worked before the reinstalls as it should still be the same.

    Advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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  2. Dude's Avatar
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    Have you tried running disk for as a basic disk?
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  3. Posts : 2
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    Thread Starter
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    I reformatted it to basic, but it still won't show.
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  4. Dude's Avatar
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    Strange, you could try some third part apps. Many users here use Macrium, I use AOMEI. I will try to find some answers, but will be busy with football today. I will ask for some help.

    Also wanted to add, that's a very nice build you have.
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
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    On Windows 10 build 10240 file history only works with a USB external drive. I could use it in Win8.1 with my 2nd internal, but on ten it has to be external. Also if you use your OneDrive folders(which saves both on your system and in "cloud")as default, you can access you history on the online(through browser) version, of things you have deleted until you empty the online recycle bin.
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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    The option of the File History will be greyed out until you insert an external drive to your computer. As you put your drive in the supportable port, the File History option will allow you to turn it On or Off.
    is always recommended to use an external drives or network places to take the backup of files. As mentioned earlier that the files located in Libraries, Desktop Folders, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music and the OneDrive files are only be backed up by File History, so if you wish to backup those files and folders which are located in other places than you have to put them into these locations so that they can be backed up.
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  7. Cliff S's Avatar
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  8. Boozad's Avatar
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    Just another option, but if you click More Options under Add a drive then See advanced settings it takes you to Control Panel where you can choose Select Drive on the left hand side. Worth a look.
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Boozad said:
    Just another option, but if you click More Options under Add a drive then See advanced settings it takes you to Control Panel where you can choose Select Drive on the left hand side. Worth a look.
    I have tried that it didn't work. But there is supposedly a work around(which I really didn't understand how to do) where you create a partition and something with making that a network drive??? Do you know what I mean Gav?
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  10. Boozad's Avatar
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    I'm not too sure Cliff, I don't really use backup but I'll certainly have a play around when I get back next Thursday.
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