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Making backups of files and system

  1. #11


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Is there some other (free) tool I can use or some way to replicate the functionality?

    I'd like to have the time stamped versions of files if possible. I was thinking of replicating Skydrive to another folder somehow and then backing that up with file explorer but that seems a rather inefficient way of doing things.

    Any better ideas?

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  2. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I suppose that you may be able to use something like the free program AOMEI Backupper or Macrium Reflect to include the "C:\Users\(user-name)\SkyDrive" folder. You would need to have the files made available offline to have anything on the online SkyDrive to be included in the SkyDrive folder on your PC.

    I haven't tried this though.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Thanks. I'll look into these. It is an odd change though - it worked really well in 8.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    I believe the reason that skydrive explicitly excludes files from file versions is that Microsoft wants you to buy skydrive pro which supposedly does not exclude them from file versions.

    One way to get skydrive pro is to subscribe to office365 small business, there may be others. I should also mention that skydrive pro is actually a different product and has some compatibility and reliability issues apart from the standard skydrive product.

    I believe you could use sugarsync free (5GB only in free) to replace sky drive and file versions. Your versions are done in the cloud in this case. I've been using it for years with windows 7 and aside from the 5gb limit on the free version its a much stronger product than skydrive in almost every way.

    I've been trying to sort this out since the RTM came out. Thanks to adamf I finally found you guys. Hard to believe this isn't a bigger issue. I guess the people that rely on this kind of thing, like the journalist Paul Thurott, are satisfied using skydrive pro because they also need the other features in that product.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I suppose that you may be able to use something like the free program AOMEI Backupper or Macrium Reflect to include the "C:\Users\(user-name)\SkyDrive" folder. You would need to have the files made available offline to have anything on the online SkyDrive to be included in the SkyDrive folder on your PC.

    I haven't tried this though.
    Seems to me, although this is over my head, that the decision to exclude file versioning on local skydrive files is most likely registry driven? Got to wonder if its one simple key in there?
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