Windows 10: File History did not back up Emails to external disc

Discus and support File History did not back up Emails to external disc in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I'm unable to recover my wife's emails since 2014. The history as we recall it, she upgraded to a new Win8 laptop in 2014, prior to that was running... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by AlexHusick, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. File History did not back up Emails to external disc


    I'm unable to recover my wife's emails since 2014.


    The history as we recall it, she upgraded to a new Win8 laptop in 2014, prior to that was running XP on an older laptop. The store tech was able to move her Outlook Express files, addresses, contacts, etc. to the new machine.


    Soon thereafter, we took up the offer to upgrade to 8.1 or directly to Win10, unsure of the order.


    Along the way the apprearance of Outlook Changed to a more modern presentation and we assumed it was a standard practice for Windows 10 to do that. Don't know if she was running Mail, or Live Mail.


    We purchased an external hard drive and I believe I set it up to backup all of her files, mail, docs, etc.


    Years went by without checking on the status of the backups, was content to see the little light flashing during start up.


    In January of this year, the hard drive failed, and we were relieved that we had an external backup drive.


    So I busied myself replacing the hard drive with a solid state unit of the same capacity.


    Using the Recovery disk provided by the store tech at the time of purchase we recovered the original Win8. I then was able to do the free upgreade to Win10 from Microsoft, so far so good.


    Then re-attaching the external drive we saw various files and went back to File History to undertake the Data Restore process.


    Well this is where we were befuddled, didn't see how it worked. Found WAB, Contact, Favorites, and the DBX files in a folder called Outlook Express. Found a recovery program that let me convert the DBX file to EML and they were to our relief now readable. Unfortunately the wife saw that there was no emails after 2014, only prior to that date.


    Can anyone tell me what to do with the files on the back up disk, since we're hoping that what we want it hidden somewhere there.


    My sneaking suspicion is that I didn't set up the File History backup properly but I recall it say the backup F:\ drive and I told it to back up her Identity name.


    What steps might save my neck at this time?

    :)
     
    AlexHusick, Feb 7, 2020
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  2. File History never copies anything

    Hi,

    Temporary system failure is one of the possible reasons why this issue is happening. To help resolve the issue, we suggest deleting the files in the USB drive. Follow the steps below:

    • Open Settings > Update & Security > Backup > More Options.
    • Click Stop using this drive.
    • Delete the File History folder on your external drive.
    • Try again to add the USB drive to backup File History.
    Keep us in the loop with the result.
     
    Martin Bar, Feb 7, 2020
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  3. How to stop File History on the old drive and start File History on a new drive?

    I use the external drive
    for File History and have a lot of information there. I want to restart the File History process on a new drive and place the previous File History drive off-site.

    Please suggest the steps to stop File History on the old drive and start File History on a new drive.
     
    CindyRomero, Feb 7, 2020
    #3
  4. Pavan_N Win User

    File History did not back up Emails to external disc

    File history won't detect external HHD

    Hi Simon,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community.

    I appreciate the troubleshooting steps you have tried to resolve your issue,

    What is the make and model of your computer and hard drive?

    Follow the Methods below and check if that helps.

    Method 1: Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter.

    Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter to check and fix issues with hardware and devices. I would suggest you to run this troubleshooter to check if the issue is with the Bluetooth adapter. Refer these steps:


    • Press Windows key +X, select
      Control panel.


    • Change the view by option on the top right to
      Large icons.

    • Click on troubleshooting and click on the
      view all option on the left panel.

    • Run the Hardware and devices troubleshooter.

    • Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

    Method 2: I suggest you to uninstall and reinstall the latest USB drivers from manufacturer's website.


    Follow these steps to un-install the drivers:

    • On the search bar type “ Device Manager
    • On the left pane locate “Universal Serial Bus Controllers” and expand by clicking on it.
    • Right on all the USB adapters and click “Uninstall’
    • Download the latest USB adapter setup file from the manufacturer’s website and install it.

    Refer the Microsoft articles below and perform the steps suggested.

    What if something goes wrong in File History?

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/what-something-goes-wrong-file-history

    Set up a drive for File History.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/set-drive-file-history

    Applies to Windows 10.

    Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you.

    Thanks
     
    Pavan_N, Feb 7, 2020
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