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Windows 8 File History Nightmare!

  1. #11


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Your File History storage is set to a folder in a network drive. Using Select Drive link on the left change the location to a local drive, answer Yes when it asks if you want to move current backup files. Test if it works now. If yes, repeat the step above and set the storage back to a network drive if you want to.

    Kari

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  2. #12


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    windows 8


    Local Drive isnt showing. just 'add network location'

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  3. #13


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I really do not know why your File History is behaving like this. One explanation could be the storage space, not having enough free space.

    I would recommend you to do the following:
    • Turn File History off
    • Delete all File History folders (check the root of every drive you have), according to your earlier screenshot in your case the folder(s) can also be named File History1 so delete these, too. Notice that in doing this you will completely lose all file history data
    • Reboot
    • After reboot before doing anything else run SFC / SCANNNOW command as many times as needed, rebooting after every run (tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8)
    • After last scan, reboot once more
    • Start File History

    Come then back here and tell if it is working as supposed.

    Kari
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  4. #14


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Yes there was 180gb of free space when i started, it just kept copying the same files over and over now theres no space left.
    Back to my original query, how do i delete all File history, and how do i check the root of every drive I have..
    Thanks
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  5. #15


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Instructions on what I recommended you to do in my previous post, here some clarifications.

    Turning File History off:

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    When that's done, open Explorer and check each hard disk for a folder called File History, FileHistory or FileHistory1. Delete all these folders.

    Reboot and continue as told in my previous post.

    Kari
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  6. #16


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    Ive checked all these folders and nothing that resembles file history.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    I have noticed a file marked as '$OF' (looks like a Dollar sign)
    It seems to have every photo, word doc, all documents etc but not sure wheather they're copies or originals. (if you know what i mean)
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  8. #18


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    windows 8


    And another one called 'c' it seems to have a load of data too. The $of one has over 80gb and this one has over 90gb
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  9. #19


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Right click both folders, select Properties, post screenshots here.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Ive just noticed the dates when created.. hoping that means they were copied then..right? so they would be what i want to delete..?

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