Fate has struck and you cannot locate an incredibly important file you were using the other day. However, all is not lost if you’re using File History in Windows 10.
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Backing up and restoring documents using tools available on Windows 8.0 and Windows 10 is available. By setting this up properly you will be able to save every document and then bring it back if or when it is lost, ruined or not of use.
Windows 10 Saves the Day – Automated Back Up and Restore Functionality – Here’s How
Configure a storage device by connecting it the PC you use. This includes a cloud server, a USB memory stick, or external hard drive.
Here’s how it works. Open Windows 10 then click on Start and then Settings. From settings go to Update and Security. Click on “Add a Drive” from the section “Back Up Using File History”.
From there Windows will show a list of back up devices. Pick the back up device you want to use.
Now your File History is turned on but it’s not set up to back up files so far. The next step is to click on “More Options”. Move down the screen of Back Up choices, look at the list of folders listed in the back up. Choose the folders you don’t want to save regularly and select the Remove option.
Move back up to the top of the page. From there choose Add a Folder. Choose folders you did not select in your backup you want from File Explorer.
From the File History Window, choose the menu item “Back Up My Files” from the drop-down menu and then select how often you want to back up your files. This can be daily or every 15 minutes. From there choose “Keep my Back Ups” from the drop down menu. Choose the length of time you want to store your files. Then choose “Back Up Now” and you’re off to the races, Windows is now backing up your files with your back up pack.
Once your back up is complete Windows will indicate the date, time and total storage size.
Lost or Corrupted File – The Proof is In The Back Up Storage Pudding
When a file is lost or ruined you now have a solution Because you now have it set up in File History back up, you will now be able to locate the earlier saved copy.
Navigate to File History and then select “Restore files from Current Back Up”
You will see a selection of the folders you have backed up using File History tool in Windows 10. Review the folders and then select the one you believe has the file you need. When you find it, select the green button that includes the white arrow at the bottom of the page to bring back the file.
Windows will give you the options of comparing the files, skipping it or replacing it.
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