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    File History on C: drive?

    I'm getting a new laptop, running Win8.1, ready for my wife to use. I just looked into File History and found that isn't already turned on. When I tried to turn it on it seemed to insist that the history be kept on a separate drive. I was expecting to have the file history on the only drive on this laptop. Is that possible? I think my backups will cover the long term retention of the files and I was expecting File History to take care of short-term editing mistakes. Is that a valid use of it?

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    No, File History requires a different drive:

    Required: A separate, secondary hard drive [or network or USB drive]
    As mentioned earlier, File History requires use of an external or secondary drive to store its backups

    Understanding Windows 8′s File History

    (and the exception in that article is only the temporary cache while the other drive is disconnected)

    Bruce
    Last edited by BruceR; 2014-03-28 at 19:15.

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    Bruce is correct. I suspect the rational is that your File History backup isn't safe if you kept it on the same drive and suffered a drive failure or Malware attack.

    Jerry

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    Thanks for the explanations, guys. I guess I won't use File History for the time being.

    Bill

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