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Disabling File History File Name Timestamps

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Disabling File History File Name Timestamps


    Hello,

    I backup my data from my Windows 8 computer to an external hard drive regularly using File History but I also transfer some of this data to several other computers with various operating systems (Windows 7 & Ubuntu being the primary ones) and I noticed that, while it is simple to restore/transfer files to Windows 8 computers through the File History menu, on these other operating system one is forced to navigate to the folders on the drive and copy the files over.
    This wouldn't be a problem except that all the files saved with File History have a long time stamp appended to their file names.

    Is there any way to disable this feature? I don't care so much about having to copy the files manually to other operating systems as I do having to rename them all after doing so.

    Thanks for any assistance!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello thesolis,

    If you like, you could restore the files directly to any location you like from within File History instead without the timestamp being included in the file name.

    File History - Restore Previous File Versions in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello, and thank you for your reply. However, this feature is not cross-platform. It seems like by using File History I'm stuck with files only meant to be transferred back to another Windows 8 installation, which is not ideal for moving files between Windows 7 and Linux machines.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Nar, you should be able to restore the file to any location you like.

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  5. #5


    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    I think the date/time is how File History differentiates different versions of the same file, so I doubt you can turn it off.
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