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    Unhappy Missing File History backups

    I restored my Windows 8.1 laptop from a system image created on 5th September 2015. Now when I go into File History restore it shows no backups made after that date. The backups are on an external drive. Is there any way to get them back? Thanks.

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    Have you navigated to the file history folders on the external drive? The folder will be of the form "F:\FileHistory\username\pcName\Data\E\username\Do cuments". All the files in FH will have a date time stamp e.g "indexfile (2015_08_01 11_34_13 UTC).txt", with that date time that FH saved that file. If you have files later than 5 Sept then FH did update them. My understanding is that when you restore, it looks in the files called F:\FileHistory\username\pcname\Configuration\Catal og1.edb or Catalog2.edb. Mine are dated today (as expected). The are also a couple of xml files but these just point to the catalog files as well as some other info.

    If the files don't have dates later than 5 September then it implies that FH had stopped working - did you have a problem with your disk? If they do have those dates then you should be able to recover the files in question, but obviously a major renaming project is likely (to remove the date string from the name). A Powershell script might be in order - there are people here who could help with that.

    My understanding (and experience) is that it should allow you to restore the files in this situation.

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    Thank you, this was very helpful. I'm not sure what is happening but I have now been able to recover the files I needed.

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