Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

File History Missing Files

  1. #1

    Posts : 7
    Windows 7

    File History Missing Files


    I have switched on file history to an external drive and it seemed to be working however changes doesn’t seem to be saved. As an example, if I click on restore personal files I get yesterday’s date i.e. 1st December, but when I click on the Desktop icon it takes me back to the 17th November. My desktop has changed since the 17th November I have added some files to the desktop but they are not showing up in file history.

    There is plenty of space on the backup drive and it is set to back-up every hour.

    Also it states on the main file history screen that files were last copied 17/11/2012 17:33 and this doesn’t change even if I click run now?

    Another example, I scanned some documents in a couple of days ago but they are not in the My Scans folder in the file history. If I click on restore I get yesterday’s date 1st December (today is the 2nd December) and then if I click on the Documents Icon it takes me back to the 28th November and the My Scans folder doesn’t have the latest documents in it?

    Any ideas. I can see why this is not working.

    Last edited by mlsred; 02 Dec 2012 at 06:08.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    I know this is old but for anyone else, I had the exact same problem and this seems to be why:

    My backup drive was on a laptop that's often shutdown or goes to sleep. Also I had put a really big file (80MB) on my desktop.

    When File History was run it would get to the big file and slowly work through it. Before finishing, the backup drive's computer would get turned off or go to sleep and that would cause this one file to be cancelled. Next day when it tried again it would start this big file from scratch, and again get cancelled before completion. So it was never getting a chance to copy most of the other files.

    I guess you should only use file history to back up to a drive that's usually connected for long periods of time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

File History Missing Files

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Quesiton about File History saving Outlook PST files
Greetings, I recently installed Win 8.1 Pro...there's some things I like and some I don't. I'm learning about File History and the System Image tools. Why MS went backwards in their backup tools from Win7 is a topic for another day...but I have a question about getting File History to backup...
Performance & Maintenance
Restoring files with File History is very cumbersome
I've had File History set up for the past few months on my desktop, with the frequency set to 10 minutes. Sometimes, I need to go back to a revision of a file that is very old and that has been constantly updated since that time. After reviewing this page: ...
Performance & Maintenance
Restoring files from File History after reinstall
Being a regular no-techy sort of guy, I naturally thought that if I used File History that I would be able to get my files back from the external drive if I had to reinstall Windows8. After a HDD crash it appears that isn't the case. I would be eternally grateful if someone was able to tell me...
Performance & Maintenance
File History Not backing up some files..why?
Please see attchments...I think I need to know what service or process needs to be turned on. TIA
Performance & Maintenance
File History - Restore Previous File Versions in Windows 8
How to Restore Previous Versions of your Files with File History in Windows 8 and 8.1 File History is a new feature introduced in Windows 8 that automatically backs up files that are in your libraries, contacts (C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts), Internet Explorer favorites...
File History: "These files won't be backed up"
When I tried to turn of file history I was greeted with this warning message: "File History has found files that are encrypted with Encrypted File System, are on a network location or are on a drive that doesn't use the NTFS file system. These files won't be backed up". The file history...
Performance & Maintenance
Protecting user files with File History
More... See also:
Windows 8 News

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook