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file history on an internal drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1

    file history on an internal drive


    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 why there's no way to use the D drive to make a complete backup copy of both the system and the Documents folder, etc. that are on the C drive. I clicked here and there and somehow ended up creating a backup copy (a folder called "WindowsImageBackup") on the D drive but that seems to be a copy of the Windows system only and excludes the Documents folder. Any idea as to how to make the file history work so as to make the complete backup on the D drive?
    Thanks

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  2. #2


    I used this only yesterday for the first time. I have a 500GB sata HDD sitting in a dock, and switched it on - then file history came 'awake'. It had seen the added drive and activated so I turned it on and selected the drive, FH then statred and coped all my files to the docked drive.

    Until I activated the dock, the FH buttons were greyed out.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Hi @elbmek,

    Thank you for your reply. This won't probably work for me, because my HDD is inside the PC, rather than in an external dock, so I assume there's no way to turn it on or off.
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  4. #4


    I would have thought that it would show the extra drive in FH, but I am no techie. Be patient, someone will have the answer shortly.
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tomas, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    File history will not be a complete backup.
    A system image would be instead. The "WindowsImageBackup" folder would be where a created system image is saved to.
    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  6. #6


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you Shawn for your reply. The second link to "How to create a system image" indeed looks familiar to me, that's most probably what I did just before I created the "WindowsImageBackup" folder.

    At any rate, if you don't mind me asking two questions then - why do I get the „No usable drivers were found" message (due to which apparently it says "File History is off" and I can't get into the "File History in on" state) and how do I make an automatic copy of other than the system only? I specifically want the "Documents" folder to be backed up automatically and a few times a day at least.



    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Tomas, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    File history will not be a complete backup.
    A system image would be instead. The "WindowsImageBackup" folder would be where a created system image is saved to.
    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    While using the File History tutorial above, go ahead and post screenshots showing anything that you see different to see if it may help to ID the issue.

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  8. #8


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for your help Shawn, but I think I fixed it. The problem lay in that I'd moved the "Pictures" from C: (SSD) to D: (HDD) drive yesterday. So what I did now was download and run the appropriate reg file from here User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums This put the Pictures folder back to the C drive and enabled the File History.

    I have another question though. Before I'd turned the File History on and made the back-up (and right after I made the system image backup) I deleted the "WindowsImageBackup file of over 20GB, yet it didn't free up any space on the D drive. Why is that?

    Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    While using the File History tutorial above, go ahead and post screenshots showing anything that you see different to see if it may help to ID the issue.

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, ok. That would have been why then. Moving the user folder to D: made D considered a system drive by Windows, and File History doesn't use system drives.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    My bad, I should've realized that before. Now, do you have any idea as to why the WindowsImageBackup folder that I've deleted continues to take up space on the drive? How long is the folder kept in the system and where can I change that? The 'File History / Advanced Settings' applies to files, rather than the system, I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Ah, ok. That would have been why then. Moving the user folder to D: made D considered a system drive by Windows, and File History doesn't use system drives.
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