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File History or Backups

  1. #1


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    Win 8 64 Pro

    File History or Backups


    I am so used to doing a scheduled backup and image of my install once a week but now I see it is file history. I am really not sure how this feature works in relation to the old image and backups. I have partitioned a portable drive of 500GB for my backups and have started doing the file history. I am now looking at the advanced settings and see this

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    Now as I was not thinking of leaving my portable turned on 24/7 as I used to do a scheduled backup once a week so now I am a bit stuck.

    The setting "Size of Online Cache"has also got me confused. I have set it to the max of 20% disk space.

    What I was actually thinking of doing is to make my first "backup"of my fresh install of Win8 and keep this as a restore backup if I ever want to revert back to this point of my setup. I was then going to use another partition on my portable drive for my weekly backups as I did before

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  2. #2


    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    Additional information

    My C: - 500GB
    D: - 300GB This drive is space so if I have to have a drive that is on all the time could I use this one. The one thing that worries me is the difference in size?
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dave,

    File History is not a backup or image of Windows 8.

    File History is a new feature introduced in Windows 8 that automatically backs up only files that are in your libraries, contacts, favorites, Microsoft SkyDrive, and on your desktop. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore all of them. You can also find different versions of your files from a specific point in time. Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. The tutorial below can give you more info about File History. Be sure to see the related links at the bottom of the tutorial as well.

    If you wanted to create an image backup of Windows 8 instead, then you could create a custom refresh image.
    A good 3rd party backup and imaging program is Macrium Reflect.

    Hope this helps.
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    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    Ah thanks after scratching around a bit more I found this option in my CP "Win7 File Recover"looking at it it seems to do the same function as what the Win7 backup and restore did. I created a system image and now I have set it to do my backups weekly as I did before. I will now also read a bit more on the File History setup, thanks for the info
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    64-bit Windows 10


    To bad "Windows 7 File Recovery" has been removed in Windows 8.1.

    Backup Files in Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    I wonder why they are removing the option to do backups like this
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    64-bit Windows 10


    It was due to another antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    Oh boy so now we need to purchase a third party application to do this. I have used Macrium Reflect free edition for some time now but have never tried it on Windows 7 or 8 doing a restore only XP and that worked great. The thing is it the paid version will be needed to do scheduled backups as I am doing now so I suppose I better start looking at this
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  9. #9


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Did they remove "Easy Transfer" as well? It figured, once I finally got the hang of "File Recovery" they removed the F out of it! :/
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
    Oh boy so now we need to purchase a third party application to do this. I have used Macrium Reflect free edition for some time now but have never tried it on Windows 7 or 8 doing a restore only XP and that worked great. The thing is it the paid version will be needed to do scheduled backups as I am doing now so I suppose I better start looking at this
    I can confirm that Macrium Reflect Free works perfectly on Windows 8.1.
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