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file history windows 8.1 recovery issues

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    file history windows 8.1 recovery issues


    I tried searching and couldn't find someone with same problem as me. sorry if I over looked it.

    Im running windows 8.1 pro x64. I just did a clean install and very foolishly I let the file history back up my data instead of doing a manual backup like I usually do.

    I tried to do a recovery and it didn't show any recovery dates other than yesterdays date which was when I did the clean install

    My computer used to be named Desktop and it had my name as the User. After the during the install I decided to name computer Office with my name as the user instead. I figured maybe changing it back to desktop would do the trick but it didn't work. I even assigned the backup drive the same letter it was prior to clean install.

    I can see all my data on external I wouldn't mind just manually moving it back but theres a couple problems with that. First of all every file has now the time stamp right into the file name which is annoying but also for some stuff theres multiple copies with different time stamps.

    No matter what I try I cant get the recover files to recognize theres a back up there. Thanks

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Carlos,

    File History saves the files to the folder location below. If you like, you can also just manually copy and pasteyour files from there back into your user folders.

    (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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  3. #3


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Carlos,

    File History saves the files to the folder location below. If you like, you can also just manually copy and pasteyour files from there back into your user folders.

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


    File History - Restore Previous File Versions in Windows 8


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hey Shawn,

    Unfortunately I do not believe that helps me in this case.

    Yes I can manually transfer my files back to my c drive but if was trying to avoid that because of the time stamp that's now in the file name. So some of my files would have an extremely long name.

    The other reason was many of those files are duplicated or tripled or quadrupled and it would take me an extremely long time filtering that out

    I don't understand why the recovery process does not recognize that there is a back up there when clearly there is and for some files there is multiple back ups with different dates. Any ideas? Thanks!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, it would be fun to have to manually remove the timestamp from each file name like that.

    I'm not sure there's any other way since you setup File History to save to the same drive using the same computer name, and it didn't recognize the old saved File History.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit




    Last time I let MS do my main backup. Sucks...ugh...thanks anyways
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