File History


  1. Posts : 50
    windows 10
       #1

    File History


    Hi everyone. I have been using file history on Windows 10. It is very unpredictable. File history is backing up to external drive, but it has coupled the entire "C" drive. In file explorer I have two "G" drives. I thought it only backup recent files not duplicate the drive. Am I doing something wrong? Any assistance will be appreciated. deanie44
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  2. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #2

    I run File History. When it initially runs it will copy ALL your Documents, Music and Pictures over to the chosen location unless you deliberately use the advanced options to exclude them. From that point on only files that see any changes are copied again, or new additions of course.

    When you view File History you will see these changes in easy to assimilate date and time form.
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Mooly, thank you for your answer. I use file history also. It has never made a duplicate drive. deanie44
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  4. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #4

    I wonder if your File History is getting confused with your removable ? (I'm assuming they are removable) drives and somehow either not recognising the intended drive (and its contents) and running a complete cycle from the start.

    Hard to say without actually seeing what it is doing. I actually use a separate partition on the main drive for File History and have the History folder configured as a network location which fools File History into believing its a separate location.
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Mooly, this is what I am talking about:

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails File History-f-g-drives.png  
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  6. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #6

    I honestly don't know what is going there. My File History is on D as shown here, and that contains just the one folder containing all the history, no duplicates anywhere. I'm purely guessing but I suspect your problem could be the external drive not always being recognised, or being recognised as something different on occasions and that is why FH has duplicated.

    One of those things you need to be sat in front of really.

    File History-fh.jpg

    File History-fh2.jpg
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    Thread Starter
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    Hi. I really do not understand what you are saying. How did you get file history to use that drive? It only see the external hdd. deanie44
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  8. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #8

    You can get it to use the local drive by manually creating a folder called File History and then right clicking the folder and setting it to be shared as a network location. Then you copy the file path from the folder window and paste that into the file history options screen (the main setting up screen for File History). If the pasted file path has brackets around it then you need to remove them from the pasted link.
    So something like (file://DESKTOP-630CGVU/File%20History) needs to become file://DESKTOP-630CGVU/File%20History
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