Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Using File History and USB Flash Drive

  1. #1

    Using File History and USB Flash Drive


    I've been using File History with an external HDD. I now want to use a USB Flash Drive instead. Although my computer shows the flash drive in the devices area, I can't get File History to see the flash drive and use it for back ups. I'm running Win 8.1, and the flash drive is a USB 3.0. Any ideas? Thanks.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Do you have a Windows 8 certified drive. If yes, it would show up in Computer under disak drives and not removable drives. If not, it will probably not work.

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    The flash drive shows up under Devices and Drives, along with the C drive, external HDD, and others. Any other thoughts?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Additional Info:
    I can drag and drop files from the C drive to the flash drive, I just can't get it to work with File History.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Right, it will work as a normal external storage drive, but not as a system drive. For that it has to be certified. Try a network drive. That is probably easier.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    I used the instructions from the link below; for reasons unbeknownst to me, it worked.


    Set up a drive for File History - Microsoft Windows Help
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Using File History and USB Flash Drive
Related Threads
I tried to save 4 movies on a 4GB flash drive but only had room for 3. I then started over and compressed them to 4 zip files but the flash drive will still only hold 3. Am I missing something?
Solved file history on an internal drive in Performance & Maintenance
Dear all, I'm struggling to make the 'file history' feature work. I keep getting the 'No usable drives were found' message along with a recommendation to use an external hard drive. My PC rig has a 240GB SSD (C drive) and a 1TB HDD (D drive) - both internal obviously - but I don't quite understand...
I moved File History from one drive (E) to another (F) and although FH shows in F drive, it isn't recognized in "select a drive" in FH. The only option shown is a new drive (G) I installed for Media Recording only and the FH folder isn't there at all. How do I get FH the F drive to be recognized to...
windows 8.0 I was happily using file history, it was backing up to my G partition, which is located on my second hard drive (both drives are internal) but now I get error message: 33945 I think the problem is that this partition got added to my user, that's what the network path shows:...
I have been using File History (in Windows 8 and 8.1) to an external drive connected through a USB 3.0 port. Since upgrading to 8.1, the 3.0 port is unreliable (Renesas driver errors) and I have not been able to find a solution. So I reconnected the drive through a USB2 port. When I restart, the...
Solved File History Doesn't Recognize This Drive in Performance & Maintenance
I am getting the errors Could Not Enable File History: The System Cannot Find the File Specified and File History Doesn't Recognize This Drive. I've tried a couple solutions I've seen posted. I tried deleting the File History folders on the external drive and in the AppData folder (although the...
How to Recommend your File History Drive to Homegroup in Windows 8 and 8.1 File History is a new feature introduced in Windows 8 that automatically backs up files that are in your libraries, contacts (C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts), Internet Explorer favorites (C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites),...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook