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    I want to use File History

    I' a very experienced windows user

    I would like to use File History for my data/file backup - Fred Langa and my testing have convinced me it's great and better than the third party software (Cobian Backup) I've been using for years.

    However, I cannot use it as I need to. I can do backups just fine manually with it.

    I backup 4 machines nightly to a NAS. The NAS is only online 2 hours a day, just for backups.

    File History doesn't give me a time to backup option, just how many times a day. No matter what I've tried (12 hours, once a day, force a backup in the middle of the "server on" time, it seems to pick a random time and then not backup unless that time just happens to be in the window the server is on.

    I hope my message is clear. Anyone have any ideas how to control the time of File History running my backups? Just can't leave the server on all the time.

    marsha

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    If you've gone through all of these steps and you're still having issues, try
    running the system file checker tool (SFC Command) a few times.

    I don't mean to sound patronizing, but you are backing up to another partition or drive right?
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    Hmmm, certainly not clear why SFC would be any help - File History simply doesn't run during the time the NAS is on.

    And I presume you know that a NAS is a remote server on the network, not a partition or drive, right? And yes, the File History goes to a specific share on the NAS and that works fine when it runs (manually).

    marsha

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    I think you need to set File History to back up more often; e.g. the default of every hour. If the selected backup drive is not available then an offline cache on the C: drive is used until the backup drive becomes available. (Details with screenshots about halfway down one of Fred's first articles about File History; Understanding Windows 8’s File History.)

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    I was hoping to avoid that solution by finding a timer, but you are correct that it is likely the best solution at this time. Thanks much for the good thinking.

    Marsha

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    You could always revert to Cobian, or another backup program - better than the Windows versions IMO.

    cheers, Paul

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