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    File History

    A few days ago I noticed that I had 3 copies of files that have not changed in months in my file history folder on an ext. hd.
    I deleted the file history folder on that drive and then deleted the file history config files and file history folder in app data in my user acct.
    I then ran file history again to start anew.
    Today I imaged my C drive and afterward ran file history. It started duplicating unchanged files again.
    Has anyone else encountered this?
    Right now it appears to be pretty much useless.

    Rich

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    I had this problem in that it saved the whole of the C drive, more than once. this is a known problem. I got round it by switching off sharing in the homegroup (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\HomeGroup - click on "change what you're sharing with...." and change everything to not shared. It still adds files which haven't changed but not to any great extent (I was running out of space on a 2Tb NAS drive, and my files are only about 60Gb), but since I stopped sharing in homegroup (in January) it's about doubled to 130Gb. There is obviously a bug somewhere but it appears that MS is keeping schtum about it. It suits my purpose to have continuous backups in between my MR disk image I do once a week but I don't normally need to go to a older version of a file (but could do it from my MR image).

    There's a whole bunch of info on http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...0-da793dda9e27 about it.

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    access,

    Read through the threads in the link you provided and it appears that all of the solutions lasted only a few weeks at best.

    For the time being I think I'll keep file history turned off and do regular data backups. I'm almost sure that Microsoft will come up with a solution someday.
    Thanks for the reply and link.

    Rich

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    I do not notice this problem when I run File History.
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    Rich, my particular problem was solved and has stayed solved - where pretty much all my files were being backed up and a frequent bass - so consuming lots of disk space. But I agree that all the solutions either weren't perfect (like mine) or failed at some point. MS needs to sort out this software rather than ignoring the problem - it's very good otherwise (better than Mimeo which is what I used before).

    Medico, I wonder why you don't have the problem - any ideas as to what might be different in your setup? I know, it's a needle/haystack problem!

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    I could not even hazard a guess what the differences might be. Both our laptops were upgraded using a Clean Install with format. Perhaps something got set improperly if you did an upgrade. This is simply a WAG on my part.
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    Ted, are you using Homegroup or Workgroup networking? Some people have reported that File History behaves itself if Home Group is disabled.

    Jerry

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    I am using Workgroup. I do have Homegroup disabled. Perhaps that is the problem.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    I have home group enabled on both my machines. The laptop (32 bit) has no problems with file history. The desk top (64 bit) does but I have not seen any discussions related to bitness being a problem.
    Think I'll go ahead and disable home group and try again.
    File history is a pretty neat concept if it works correctly but if it doesn't backups aren't that difficult

    Rich

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    I found that Workgroup seemed to work better on our laptops with our network anyway.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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