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File History only copied / backed up some of data

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    Windows 8

    File History only copied / backed up some of data


    Last night, I enabled File History, and when I returned to my computer this morning I found that it had created copies of 1.14TB of my 1.19TB of data on the backup drive I had specified. However, it seems like the process has stopped, as every time I click the "Run Now" button, no new data is copied. The file size of the folder on my backup drive is still 1.14TB. Is there anything I can do to ensure that File History backs up / copies all my data? Thanks in advance for any help / advice.

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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Have you found any particular folder/files that have not been backed up? Note that by default only Libraries, Desktop, Contacts, Favorites and SkyDrive are backed up.

    You can backup everything else you need by adding folders to any existing or new library.
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    Windows 8


    Thanks for your reply. I was mistaken in thinking that File History had stopped backing up my data. The process was running, albeit a lot slower than I had anticipated. I realized this later on in the day when the size of the backup folder had grown to 1.16TB from 1.14TB. Patience, as always, is a virtue.
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I'm glad you sorted it all out. File History is designed not to interfere with user activity, so it takes it easy when other processes use CPU and disk. See example graphs in the middle of this blog post.
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File History only copied / backed up some of data
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