Windows 10: Select Drive for File History in Windows 10  

    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10

    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10

    How to Select a File History Drive in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    07 Oct 2018
    Designer Media Ltd

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 33,175

    Show Printable Version 


    How to Select a File History Drive in Windows 10


    File History was first introduced in Windows 8, and has been improved in Windows 10.

    Before you can turn on and start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (ex: USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network.

    If the drive selected as the backup location becomes unavailable, such as when a USB cable is disconnected or the network goes down for maintenance, File History will continue to do its job by saving the copies to a cache on the local drive in the %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Data folder. Once the backup location becomes available again, the cached contents are transferred to that location and removed from the local drive.

    You can also recommend your selected File History drive for other members of your homegroup to be able to select and save their File History on as well.

    This tutorial will show you how to select a File History drive to either change or add a drive to where your files will be backed up at for your account in Windows 10.

    File History will eventually be replaced by a new feature called Timeline.


     CONTENTS:






    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Select Drive for File History in Windows 10
    To Add File History Drive in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on Add a drive on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    If you see a setting to turn on or off Automatically back up my files instead, then you will need to use Option Two below to change the File History drive.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Settings_File_History_add_drive-1.png 
Views:	326 
Size:	37.1 KB 
ID:	88134

    3. Select a drive you want File History to back up your files to. (see screenshots below)

    If a network drive you want isn’t in the list of available drives, click/tap on the Show all network locations link. If the drive you want isn’t listed there either, then use Option Three, click/tap on the Add a network location link at step 3, and follow the instructions on the screen.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Settings_File_History_add_drive-2.png 
Views:	415 
Size:	32.6 KB 
ID:	88135
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Settings_File_History_add_drive-3.png 
Views:	236 
Size:	33.6 KB 
ID:	88136

    4. File History will now automatically be turned on, and back up your files to the selected drive. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Settings_File_History_add_drive-4.png 
Views:	207 
Size:	28.3 KB 
ID:	88137

    5. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Select Drive for File History in Windows 10
    To Change File History Drive in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on the More options on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    If you see Add a drive instead, then you will need to use Option One above to add a File History drive.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Settings_File_History_change_drive-1.png 
Views:	217 
Size:	37.7 KB 
ID:	88138

    3. Click/tap on Stop using drive under Back up to a different drive. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Settings_File_History_change_drive-2.png
Views: 7097
Size:  26.3 KB

    4. Click/tap on the back arrow at the top left corner. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Settings_File_History_change_drive-3.png
Views: 7019
Size:  25.6 KB

    5. Go to Option One above to add a File History drive.






    Select Drive for File History in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Select Drive for File History in Windows 10
    To Add or Change File History Drive in Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the File History icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Select drive link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Select_drive_File_History-1a.png 
Views:	276 
Size:	25.4 KB 
ID:	88157

    3. Select a File History drive you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    If the selected drive was already used by File History, then you will also need to select an existing backup to save to.

    If a network drive you want isn’t in the list of available drives, click/tap on the Show all network locations link. If the drive you want isn’t listed there either, then click/tap on the Add a network location link, and follow the instructions on the screen.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Select_drive_File_History-1.png 
Views:	410 
Size:	18.3 KB 
ID:	88141
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Select_drive_File_History-a.png 
Views:	269 
Size:	23.6 KB 
ID:	88143

    4. If the new selected drive was never used by File History and files backed up by File History were found on another drive, then click/tap on Yes or No to move your existing files to the new selected drive. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Select_drive_File_History-2.png
Views: 7091
Size:  7.6 KB

    5. If the new selected drive was used by File History and doesn't have your most recent files backed up on it, click/tap on Yes or No to confirm to use this drive for File History. (see screenshot below)

    If you click on Yes, then a new backup of your files will be created on the selected drive.

    Name:  Select_drive_File_History-b.png
Views: 7078
Size:  7.2 KB

    6. File History will now automatically be turned on, and back up your files to the selected drive. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Select_drive_File_History-3.png 
Views:	223 
Size:	21.0 KB 
ID:	88161

    7. You can now close the Control Panel if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Hi, lx07 commented FH can't use a partition on the same drive. (Not that that would be a good idea).

    It must be a separate drive by default - it will not let you choose another partition on the same drive.

    You can however share another partition on the same drive (or folder on it) and then it works - see here how to use file history on a partition (of the same drive) [solved] Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,175
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #2

      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 448
    Ubuntu 18.04, win 8.1 pro
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    Hi @Brink,

    are you sure that Timeline is a file history replacement?
    They seems to have different purposes, just wondering, i mean is there some microsoft official statement about that?

    Thanks!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,175
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
    Thread Starter
       2 Weeks Ago #4

    Currently no, but Timeline is suppose to (rumor) eventually have the same ability. We shall see.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    @Mooly advised this:

    I always used to run File History to a separate partition on my main drive. It's a while since I did that but what you do is create is a folder on the partition and then set its properties to be a networked location.

    Post #2 here:
    how to use file history on a partition (of the same drive) [solved] Solved - Windows 10 Forums
    from
    Can I use a separate partition on my hard drive for File History? - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Tutorial Categories

Select Drive for File History in Windows 10 Tutorial Index Network & Sharing Instalation and Upgrade Browsers and Email General Tips Gaming Customization Apps and Features Virtualization BSOD System Security User Accounts Hardware and Drivers Updates and Activation Backup and Restore Performance and Maintenance Xbox Windows Phone


Related Threads
I want to back up my Windows 10 laptop using the built-in Windows back up facility. All of the advice I have read on the internet suggest the use of File History. I have a Western Digital 500GB USB hard drive which I attached to the laptop and...
Backup & Restore Reset File History to Default in Windows 10 in Tutorials
How to Reset File History to Default in Windows 10 File History was first introduced in Windows 8, and has been improved in Windows 10. You can use File History to automatically back up versions of your files on a schedule to a location you...
File History drive full??!! in Performance & Maintenance
Hello, hope somebody clever can help. I've connected to a 2TB external drive to backup my laptop and I'm getting a message saying that the file history drive is full, but I've used up less than 1TB and the initial backup hasn't finished. What can...
Unable to add a drive for File History in Performance & Maintenance
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...

Tags for this Thread

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:46.
Find Us