Windows 10: File History back up not working

Discus and support File History back up not working in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi, Firstly, does any one know if Windows 10 Back up File History remains a focus for the Windows team? The UI is kinda clunky to say the least. I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by TimPaul4, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. TimPaul4 Win User

    File History back up not working


    Hi,


    Firstly, does any one know if Windows 10 Back up File History remains a focus for the Windows team? The UI is kinda clunky to say the least.


    I have been trying to use Back up but haven't had any success. If I right click on FileHistory on the external drive and choose Properties I see that 3 files, 4 directories have been backed up. That's it, a total of 1MB out of 100GB under my profile. There is 8TB of free space on the drive. I've clicked Back up now a couple of times, it says "Backing up" and then ... back to "Your data has not been backed up" and just the original 3 files, 4 directories.


    Thoughts?


    Thank you.

    :)
     
    TimPaul4, Mar 2, 2021
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  2. File History won't work, says insufficient space

    Hi,

    It is possible that the user profiles are also being restored when restoring your files in
    File History. We suggest that you manually choose the files you want to restore. Here are the steps:

    • Go to Control Panel.
    • Search for File History.
    • Click the Restore personal files option on the left pane of your screen.
    • Select the folders you want to restore and then click the restore icon.
    Note: Make sure that you don't copy the duplicated folders listed.

    Feel free to get back to us if you need further assistance.
     
    Jamille Nar, Mar 2, 2021
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  3. Junaid_A Win User
    File History restart

    Hi Jim,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community forums.



    To change the backup drive for File History, the current process should be stopped. I suggest you to try the steps listed below to stop file history on an older drive and restart it on a new drive:



    Change File History backup drive:

    • Open Settings and navigate to Update & Security > Backup.
    • Click on More Options, scroll down to locate
      Backup to a different drive section, and choose Stop Using Drive.
    • Plug in the new storage drive, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Backup,
      and choose Add a Drive.
    • Restart File History and configure it by referring to the article

      File History in Windows
      .


    Hope it helps.

    Regards,
     
    Junaid_A, Mar 2, 2021
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  4. #Jon# Win User

    File History back up not working

    File History not backing up any files

    Hello Victor

    Thank you for the response. I had already checked that thread, but it hasn't helped me:

    • The thread deals with Windows 8's implementation of File History, which is somewhat different to that of Windows 10.
    • Most of the thread deals with setting up File History (which I have already done, precisely following the recommended steps). The third link in the thread might have been useful since it appears to link to a page that deals with troubleshooting File History
      (as opposed to setting it up), but unfortunately the link is dead.
    Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
    #Jon#, Mar 2, 2021
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