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on Mar 16, 2016


How do you reimport the File History database if the operating system is reinstalled? A backup should work for all Disaster Recovery scenarios.

on Mar 16, 2016

File History is one element of back up process - great for quick grabs of needed files. System Image could be combined for major disaster recovery.

on Mar 17, 2016

If the operating is reinstalled, you can still connect to your File History storage location through File History, and retrieve data that was backed up. The .edb databases used by File History, are also copied and stored at the backup storage location. You should try this.

on Mar 17, 2016

There seems to be no option to pick up the database. Setting up File History on the rebuilt system only has the option to create a new instance

on Jun 8, 2016

You can use Zinstall's tools to import from the File History database. Not very graceful, but it works.
Or just use their backup which is like File History but also covers programs - see here:

on Mar 16, 2016

Speaking of ransomware, what's to stop it from encrypting your backups on a USB or network-attached disk in addition to everything on your computer?

Personally, I use a small Linux server to store backups. I have installed a tool called rsnapshot, set up to keep daily, weekly and monthly snapshots of everything on writable shares. These snapshots are then exposed through a separate, read-only share.

on Mar 16, 2016

May stop working and need a manual restart
do not expect it to backup all files in the specified locations
Delete a file and how do you get to the backup when there is no Properties panel for the file - you deleted it remember!
Don't worry the backups are in the FileHistory folder on the backup drive - so just go there and drag'ndrop the file - remove the versioning and other additions to the name and unset the ReadOnly attribute and you can access the backup as a normal file -.
Yes - the files in the backup can be accessed changed by the appropriate ( or inappropriate) app - renamed or just deleted buy ANY user with access to that store - including the latest versions of Cryptlocker.
And when the Drive Image article appears - remember that is a copy of your current OS partition - complete with updates to replace old file versions with the latest - corrupted versions.

Yes - use File History but accept it may not do all files in the folders (and once FileHistory has done a first save, you can specify additional folders as well as libraries of folders using the Settings panel - but it will save copies of files while an App is updating them - so the backup may not be OK for the App to process.

Do use something like Eaesus TODO, or Paragon Backup for MULTIPLE partition copies so you can go back to a NOT corrupted version.
Also use multiple backup drives in a cycle - so when the PC makes a complete backup drive contents unusable - you stand a chance of a restore from the other copy.

Yes - use cloud and set Sync to a second PC if possible - specially for the stuff yopu typed in - it's painful trying to remember the codes you set 6 months ago so you can access your data from the replacement PC

on Mar 16, 2016

Just use FileExplorer - drag'ndrop from the appropriate folder in the FileHistory folder on the backup drive. clear the Read Only atribute and then remove the date-timestamp from the name - simple - time consuming - but simple
Simplify it by using karenware dirprn to put filenames into an excel workbook, extract the backup timestamp pick the entry with the latest timestamp for each file and then rename that instance of the file - simple to do just .... Why should you need to do so!

on Mar 17, 2016

Currently File History, must need a secondary drive/letter to use.

Workarounds like using network drives or VHD are available.

But what Microsoft should do is to just automatically use the empty space for Previous Versions and discard if needed.

on Mar 17, 2016

This article fails to mention an important tip, in my opinion:
If you want File History to include other folders that are not within the default libraries, you can easily do this, by including them in a library.

For instance, I've created an "All Data" library, and I've added "D:" to it. Now my entire D: is backed up by File History! Easy.

on Mar 17, 2016


Yes - as a temporary store while the backup drive is disconnected - and then hive those backup versions over to the main drive when it is reconnected.

There are, however some problems even with the identification of the drive - Windows will assign the next available letter to a 'mounted' partition when it finds that partition - at OS startup time, or later so what was the - say "E:" drive - sorry, lets use the correct term - partition assigned the id letter E- may now get the letter F assigned as your USB memory stick already got E this time .

FileHistory (and System Image) will be looking for their folders on E - they will not go to look at F - and while you can use settings and point them at F - they may well start a new set of backups - depends on what Microsoft changes with Windows-10 reimaging and other updates applied to it's copy of Win-10 Microsoft maintains on your PC.

More to the point - what is needed is a highly visible alert on the taskbar that the backup facility has stopped working

on Mar 17, 2016

File history is a good option that I use. However, I use the free version of Macrium Reflect to clone my data drive to an external HD once a month and store it in a fire proof safe to protect against physical disasters as well as malware. I also use Reflect to clone my data drive to a second external HD about once a quarter and then store that drive at a relative's house for offsite backup. I have satellite internet and only get 15 GB of data a month so cloud backups are not an option.

on Jun 14, 2016

I also use the File History, and no need any tools for recovering if you learned how to work with it. There is more detailed article where I found a place of storage this file and how to boot from it You can also check it to know other features of this file.

on Dec 1, 2016

After setting up file history, right click a file to "restore previous version" - this works really great if you accidentally erased or overwrote something u needed. (If you deleted the file, just rename another file to the deleted name and right click to restore previous version. THis works great at work!

on Dec 1, 2016

Great tip - thanks for sharing that with everyone.

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