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Why doesn't File History backup Skydrive

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    8.1

    Why doesn't File History backup Skydrive


    I really like the way Skydrive synchronises my folders between my work and home laptops and I have my Skydrive docs available offline. But why is Skydrive excluded from the list of libraries that are backed up by File History. I want to be able to back my docs up onto an external hard drive. Is there no way of doing this? Same with Backup on Windows 7, Skydrive seems to be excluded. Any solutions? thanks, C

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  2. #2


    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    Just use another program to backup your skydrive map. I use 'SyncBack Free' for this.

    But make sure your SkyDrive map is set to have all the files offline, else you get an error message when you try to make a backup.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    8.1


    Good idea, that worked. But why have Microsoft built this in?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    It was there in Windows 8 but removed in 8.1. I can't imagine why as if you delete something by mistake it will delete it from skydrive also making it useless for backup.

    I use task scheduler to run this batch file every hour - it works fine. If you schedule it as SYSTEM it backs up Skydrive for all users.

    Code:
    @echo off
    set backupdrive=E:
    set users=%SystemDrive%\Users
       
    if not exist %backupdrive%\FileHistory goto End
    for /d %%x in (%users%\*) do (
      call:FnCopy %%~nxx 
      )
      
    :FnCopy
      if not exist %users%\%1\SkyDrive\ goto :EOF
      if not exist %backupdrive%\FileHistory\%1\SkyDrive MD %backupdrive%\FileHistory\%1\SkyDrive 
      robocopy %users%\%1\SkyDrive %backupdrive%\FileHistory\%1\SkyDrive /b /e /r:0 /w:0 /copyall /mt /log:%backupdrive%\FileHistory\%1\SkyDriveLog.log   
      goto :EOF
      
    :End
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