I have had to go back to robocopy as my primary means of backup for now, and have turned File History off until this problem gets resolved. I have the same problem. It's especially a problem with media, but many of the files it backs up I don't so much as navigate to in File Explorer in between backups. Follow-on screen option and make sure to uncheck Quick Format option. If the file history feature detects the saving location with Reconnect your drive error or get crashing, the pointed drive is almost full and you need to use a different drive with enough adequate space for that.
Zero, I inspected my backup history, to give you more information. Any input would be encouraged and welcomed. It might also be possible to just directly delete the folder it creates and then go tell it to clean up. Only File History has problems. Your File History drive was disconnected for too long. File History periodically scans your system for changes and copies the changed files to the external drive.
In my case the problem was likely triggered after I added an Xbox as an extender - I suspect that even though the media files themselves did not change, the file permissions were updated automatically by Windows to give access to the new user. So this is why the concept of File History was introduced in Windows 8 in order to better protect the system and your personal file too. If this carries on it will render File History unworkable for me, which is a shame as it was one of the prime reasons I moved to Windows 8. I have not yet noticed Files, Docs, Pics gone, but I have many so it may not be retaining this info. It's very important that we find out if the problem is still occurring on a fully patched machine. After my Surface pro tablet had installed the latest update and was not connected to an external hard drive, the Windows 10 always poped up Reconnect your drive message in Action center.
Method 4: Delete File History Configuration Files 1. I've had the same problem. Here, let's see how to use this free backup software to make file backup. From the left-hand side menu, click on the Select drive. From the left-hand side, menu click Backup. Method 3: Run Chkdsk on External Drive 1.
Most of my documents aren't duplicated in backups, but here and there there are identical copies backed up. Why, when I try to do a manual backup do I keep getting a pop up box telling me: Reconnect your drive. Looking at the contents in the Data folder I see 5 or 6 copies of every file, even though they have not been changed. Don't worry, try the following ways. Yet backups seem to go without a hitch. If bad sectors are found, for data security, you had better back up the important files on the disconnected drive to a safe location with MiniTool ShadowMaker as mentioned above.
Step 5: After clicking the Share button, the folder is created. I use an external enclosure drive for my File History drive. Now I ask more information of you: Do you guys know if you changed anything that may have fixed it? This is still causing major problems, as I cannot safely rely on File History as a backup, since I have to keep removing all older versions. Has anybody had problems with excessive backup in Windows 8 File History? The only thing I can think of is Windows Indexing? Now, get its Trial Edition and install it on your computer. But issue always occurs when you try to create backups for the significant files. Thus, you can try this way to fix the File History drive disconnected issue. Which 3rd party defragment program should we use? I clicked cancel but it continued to delete almost everything.
Step 2: Connect your external hard drive to this computer. This is just one of a few issues I'm having. Upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro, wasn't using windows backup. This milestone was reached after only two days, during which I made few, if any, changes to Library files. And in the following paragraphs, we will give you five solutions. Note: Make sure the new File History drive you will choose has adequate space to hold all the previous file versions, the incoming new files as well.
I have unplugged it and then plugged it in again, several times, to no avail. The end result is a lot of duplicated files. Is this some rubbish instruction to be ignored or some sort of glitch? Open up the Data directory, select all the contents within it, and press Delete. Method 1: Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 1. Note: I did create several custom libraries, in order for File History to backup all of my data, including data that is outside the normal libraries. Whether it's the file indexer or Defender, something is making Windows believe that a large number of my files have changed from one hour to the next. All current maintenance is applied, yet my latest backup November 16 is happily copying a load of unchanged files that previous backups have already done several times see the screenshot of an Explorer listing below, which just shows the earliest 4 of about 20 copies of one example.
If the solution provided worked for you, please mark accepted solution for this post. But, getting back to this thread titled: Windows 8 File History - Excessive backup - Excessively saving copies of files photos, videos, documents, etc. Next, you can choose the important files as the backup source. But this led me to a different idea. In addition, its Surface Test can be used to check whether there are bad sectors on the disconnected File History drive. For reference, per my own poking and prodding at the system, I believe it maintains databases. Windows 10 installed itself prior to the date agreed which caught me off guard as far as backing up my files.