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Backup with File History

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Backup with File History


    I'm using File History to backup my files onto a USB external HDD and is working fine for my requirements.

    I have one query though; C:/Users/xxxx has a hidden Application Data file containing Outlook etc. files.

    I have checked the file history backup and even though I have ticked show hidden files, the hidden AppData file is not showing.

    Would appreciate some advice and if nothing else how to do a dummy reinstall to see if those files are actually there.

    Thank you

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  2. #2


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    This should help:
    File History - How to Use in Windows 8
    Start with Step 5.
    On Step 7 use 'Restore to'.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Thanks for your response and yes I should have done some more searching!
    Unfortunately the hidden files did not restore
    I include two screen shots, the 1st being the backup USB HDD showing C:Users etc. but not showing the hidden AppData files (per my first post)

    Attachment 11641
    The following is a screen shot of the File History ready for folder selection for restore.


    Click image for larger version

    Can you help further?

    Thank you
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  4. #4


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Did you try to create a new library?

    I wouldn't trust my important files to this method, do you also make image backups?

    Macruim Reflect is a good free backup image program.
    How to Imaging with free Macrium

    If you have a Seagate/Samsung or Western Digital/Hitachi hard drive you can get a free version of Acronis, a very good image backup program, usually not free. You must have the hard drive in your system for these to work.

    Seagate DiscWizard

    Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition Software
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    All these problems started when I upgraded to Windows 8 and attempted to use my usual Norton Ghost Program. It failed miserably and with no answers from Norton I was forced to look for an alternative.

    Quote "I wouldn't trust my important files to this method" I can see your point, apart from the above, there are also errors showing up in the logs which are a bit scary.

    I ran Acronis and was surprised at the simplicity and speed of the program and the back-up results are accessible and readable which is what I like.

    Thank you for your assistance
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  6. #6


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    You're welcome, glad to help.
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