Windows 10: File History is not backing up my work

Discus and support File History is not backing up my work in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I have been using File History to back up my work every 1/2 hour. The backups are being written to a shared folder on a NAS. I check periodically to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by perkinw, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. perkinw Win User

    File History is not backing up my work


    I have been using File History to back up my work every 1/2 hour. The backups are being written to a shared folder on a NAS. I check periodically to make sure my files are being backed up and have not noticed any problems until now.

    I have been doing a lot of work in one particular folder, so I decided to make sure that my work was being backed up. The last file written by File History to the NAS in that folder is dated 5/21/2020, nearly two weeks ago. Meanwhile, files in other folders nearby are being backed up. So it's not like File History isn't working. It's just not noticing changes in a particular directory (there may be others, but this is the one I checked).

    If File History is so untrustworthy, does tenforums recommend an alternative? I already use Macrium Reflect for making regularly-scheduled system images. I know Macrium images are browsable, but I like the concept of almost continuous backup, like File History is supposed to do.

    Windows 10 Version 1903 OS Build 18362.836

    :)
     
    perkinw, Jun 3, 2020
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  2. #Jon# Win User

    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#, Jun 3, 2020
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  3. File History does not back up blocked files.

    Hi Philrosenberg,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand the inconvenience you are facing currently.

    I would appreciate if you can provide us the following information to help us understand the issue better.

    • Since when are you facing this?
    • Did you make any changes in prior to this issue?
    • Do you get any error message or error code on the screen code?
    As of now I suggest you follow the steps mentioned in the link below.

    What if something goes wrong in File History?

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

    Note: Steps for Windows 8.1 are also applicable on Windows 10.

    Please get back to us with a reply so that we can assist you better.
     
    Nachappa C K, Jun 3, 2020
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  4. ALN
    ALN Win User

    File History is not backing up my work

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up

    Steve. Thanks for the info! Since re-setting the Options in FH seems to have fixed it, I plan to leave well enough alone. But will definitely try your suggestion if it quits working again.

    On a more general question: Is there a better Auto Backup application than File History? I don't care about historical versions of any files - only current version in case my hard drive fails. I prefer it to be on my external hard drive (not cloud), and free is always good!
     
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