Windows 10: Using File History on external USB drive.

Discus and support Using File History on external USB drive. in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I have all my docs on a separate drive than my system drive c:, called drive I, and I back up using FileHistory to drive K. I and K are different... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Mike8, Nov 10, 2018.

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    Using File History on external USB drive.


    I have all my docs on a separate drive than my system drive c:, called drive I, and I back up using FileHistory to drive K. I and K are different partitions on a separate but the same secondary hard drive, which is silly seeing that if the actual hardware crashed no files or backup. I have tried saving using filehistory to a separate usb hard drive, but there is a problem because it cannot move outlook files which have a long path name due to the way filehistory indexes them. Any ideas.

    :)
     
    Mike8, Nov 10, 2018
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  2. File History of files on external USB harddisk drive

    Hi,

    I have a external harddisk connected to my pc using USB. This drive contains personal files which I want to add to file history. I simply want that everytime I connect my external harddrive to my pc, that file history backs up the files on it to a location
    on the network. How do I do that?

    * I have file history working for files on an internal harddrive

    * I did add my external harddrive to the Documents library

    * I tried adding the folder on the external harddrive using the "Add a folder" using the windows 10 settings. But the folder seems to dissappear from the list after a while.

    Another detail: the disk is encrypted using DiskCryptor. Everytime I connect the drive windows says it has to be formatted. When I mount the drive by providing the key to DiskCryptor the drive becomes a valid one.
     
    Stefan Cloudt, Nov 10, 2018
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  3. 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, Nov 10, 2018
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  4. Using File History on external USB drive.

    File History is off and won't recognize my external drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. Let me help you.




    • Have you made any changes in settings prior to the issue?

    • What is the status when you connect your external driver in your system?

    • Have you checked with a different external drive? What is the status?

    • Have you tried connecting the drive in a different USB port? What is the status?


    I suggest you to disable your third party-software (If any) and check if it resolves the issue.

    Important Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install
    other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

    Check if it helps.



    You can also try turning on file history by following the below procedure and check if it resolves the issue.

    To enable file history on Windows 10, connect an external hard drive and follow the steps below:


    • Open Start menu and type
      File History


    • Click File History (control panel)

    • Tap or click Select a drive, and choose the network or external drive you want to use.

    • Turn on File History
    Note: If the network drive you want isn’t in the list of available drives, tap or click Show all network locations. If the drive you want isn’t listed there either, open File History in Control Panel, tap or click Add
    a network location, and follow the instructions on the screen.

    Please reply with the details and updated status of the issue. We will be happy to assist you further.
     
    Aswin_Anand, Nov 10, 2018
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