Windows 10: Two computer backups

Discus and support Two computer backups in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I'm backing up 2 computers (desktop and laptop) to the same outboard hard drive using File History. It seems as though the last backup from computer... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Bob Hennessy, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Two computer backups


    I'm backing up 2 computers (desktop and laptop) to the same outboard hard drive using File History. It seems as though the last backup from computer 'B' overwrites the earlier backup from computer 'A' in the file history folder. Is it possible to have File History back up to individual folders? Can anyone help?
    Bob H
    Windows 10

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    Bob Hennessy, Apr 21, 2019
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  2. Geekoid Win User

    Using network hard drive for backup

    It depends what sort of backup you want to do. If you're happy just backing up regular files, then there are a bazillion (really, that many!) different bits of freeware to do that. There is a good list here:

    Download Back Up Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks

    and pretty much all of them can do network backups. Some even have fancy options like encryption. Really, the most useful thing is just being able to schedule them and know they ran OK.

    You may also want to make a system image backup too, and you'll find that software in the very same list.

    I don't have Windows 8 as yet, so I'm afraid I can't suggest any for that platform. Personally, I use Clonezilla for image backups.
     
    Geekoid, Apr 21, 2019
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  3. Bokenzhe Win User
    Backup Issue - Microsoft 10 - Cannot perform initial backup

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    My backup stubbornly refuses to run. I can't run the initial backup, therefore the file history backups don't run either. This has been an ongoing problem for quite some time. Suggestions I've received have not worked so far. Following is the problem
    and the failed resolution attempts:

    • I get this message from the Event Log:

    Unable to scan user libraries for changes and perform backup of modified files for configuration C:\Users\Papa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration\Config

    Event ID - 201

    Level: Error

    User - System

    *** ---- There is no config file at this directory location. The contents of the location are:

    catalog1

    catalog2

    config1

    config2

    • In another thread from July, someone suggested checking a particular service (I forget the name just now) is running. It is.

    • Two days ago a Microsoft employee suggested the following steps. These steps resulted in no change, still no backup:


    KA

    Karthicka_R replied on


    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft community.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps to start and stop the services “Windows backup” and “volume shadow copy” and check if it helps.

    • Press “Windows+R” and in the run command box type “services. MSc”.
    • Search for the service “Windows Backup” double click on it and check whether the service is started or not, click on “OK” button. I suggest you to stop and start the service again.
    • Once done again search for the service “Volume shadow copy” double click on it and check whether the service is started or not. I suggest you to stop and start the service again, click on “OK” button and
      check whether you can perform backup successfully.
    Hope this information was helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.



    • I performed these steps multiple times. The backup still crashes, with the same error message. In addition I collected the following error message, but only one time:

    Unable to start a backup cycle for configuration C:\Users\Papa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration\Config

    Event ID: 200

    • Can anyone help me with this stubborn problem?

    Thank you in advance.
     
    Bokenzhe, Apr 21, 2019
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  4. Two computer backups

    Backup skipped

    Hi Ken,

    For us to better isolate your concern, we need additional information. Kindly answer the following questions below:

    • Are your backing up files or creating a system image?
    • Are you getting any error messages?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?
    In the meantime, we suggest deleting the backup you created and create a new one. Click this
    article
    and follow the steps on how to create a backup.

    We'll keep an eye out for your response.
     
    Martin Bar, Apr 21, 2019
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