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Windows 8.1 File History File Duplication

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 and Windows 8

    Windows 8.1 File History File Duplication


    Hi Gang!

    In Windows 8.0 File History, it had the nasty habit of duplicating your library files on your backup ( in my case, my external USB backup drive ( Replica 2 Terabyte ). By DUPLICATING, I mean they get copied over and over and over again... This happens to ALL of them, even though you have not touched the majority of them for YEARS. (File History is suppose to copy them over the FIRST time, then copy a new copy with a new name (old name plus date) if you edit the file in any way). I turned of file indexing on ALL my drives, except my C: drive, to see if that would stop it ( this is recommended in many threads on other sites ).

    I thought, ok.. maybe they fixed this in 8.1. No dice. It just started up again.... sigh....

    Just thought I'd let you know. If anyone knows of a fix or cure for this abhorent behavior, please let us know.

    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 and Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerdog View Post
    Hi Gang!

    In Windows 8.0 File History, it had the nasty habit of duplicating your library files on your backup ( in my case, my external USB backup drive ( Replica 2 Terabyte ). By DUPLICATING, I mean they get copied over and over and over again... This happens to ALL of them, even though you have not touched the majority of them for YEARS. (File History is suppose to copy them over the FIRST time, then copy a new copy with a new name (old name plus date) if you edit the file in any way). I turned of file indexing on ALL my drives, except my C: drive, to see if that would stop it ( this is recommended in many threads on other sites ).

    I thought, ok.. maybe they fixed this in 8.1. No dice. It just started up again.... sigh....

    Just thought I'd let you know. If anyone knows of a fix or cure for this abhorent behavior, please let us know.

    Thanks!
    Is ANYONE here having the file duplication problem in File History on an external USB drive?

    thanks!
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  3. #3


    Yes, three WD, External HDD's, Duplicates, of Duplicates.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    This has been an ongoing problem which Microsoft haven't solved - another example of their poor software engineering. My solution is to delete all but the most recent files in FH advanced settings, delete the configuration files in <Your User File Path>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration then reconfigure FH using the FH Control Panel settings.
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