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Windows 8 File History Nightmare!

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    windows 8

    Windows 8 File History Nightmare!


    Hi guys ive literally just came across your forum.
    I wanted to backup my stuff....I came across 'file history' after watching a video tutorial i thought great his is the job for me. Turned it on and off it went.
    Ok no problem there, i had it set to back up every day and it did. Problem is, is has backed up ALL my files every day (not just the new ones) so im left with 30 copies of the original backup and no disc space left..
    Del vostro 220

    How can i delete all the file history?
    Ive deleted some programs and copied photos onto an external drive so i could do a system restore, but that didnt help, now i cant find any of the file history, and my hard drive is still full...
    Ive seen this problem on other forums but no one seems to have any idea!!
    Someone please help..
    ps i can take some screenshots and let you see what ever you want, settings etc.

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  2. #2


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


    Hi Kiko, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    See if this tutorial can help you: File History - How to Use in Windows 8

    Kari
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Im having the same problem as this guy.
    It doesn't just copy the new changes, it starts again and makes a copy of everything (all 15gb) like Ive just turned t on for the first time.. So now ive no space left on my HD and 23 copies of all files and folders.
    Can or how can i delete all the saved files from file history?

    There obviously on my HD somewhere but i cant find them.
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  4. #4


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


    In File History window, click the link Advanced Settings on the left. There you can delete older File History backups:

    Click image for larger version

    Kari
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  5. #5


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Tried that earlier, it said couldnt find any older files.
    Tried it again just now Click image for larger version
    Error is. 80040301

    Thanks for your interest and help.
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  6. #6


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


    That error message normally means the File History is not turned on.

    Please take a screenshot showing your File History, I want to see the part highlighted in the below image:

    Click image for larger version

    Also please tell if you have moved your personal files (Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music etc.) on another location than the the default C:\Users\Your_Username

    Kari
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  7. #7


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Kari,
    I had to turn it off as it kept making new copies of all the history. I dont know if i moved the history or where too.
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  8. #8


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


    Turn the File History on and make the screenshot as per request in my previous post.

    Kari
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1
    vista/iPad


    I'm buying a sledgehammer soon. GRRRR
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  10. #10


    Posts : 14
    windows 8


    Click image for larger version
    The first time it wouldnt stop copying the same files so i tried changing to an external drive.
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