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Restoring files from File History after reinstall

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    Restoring files from File History after reinstall


    Being a regular no-techy sort of guy, I naturally thought that if I used File History that I would be able to get my files back from the external drive if I had to reinstall Windows8. After a HDD crash it appears that isn't the case.

    I would be eternally grateful if someone was able to tell me whether this is possible?

    13gb of Excel Spreadsheets is riding on this solution - please!

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Hallamshire, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should be able to manually open the selected drive location below to where you saved your File History, and copy and paste them back.

    (selected drive)\File History\(user-name)\(computer-name)\Data\C\Users

    File History - Restore Previous File Versions in Windows 8


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows8


    Shawn. You have saved my life. Thank goodness for the internet.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got them back.
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    Windows 8


    Great help. is it possible to recover the files without all the date-clock settings if Windows has been reinstalled?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Niels, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Only if they were recognized and restored through File History instead of manually.
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