Enable file history in Windows 8 to backup data to an external source

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Windows 8 introduces many new features. File History is one of the new features in Windows 8 that allows you to easily back up your data to an external source. You can back up your libraries, documents, contacts, favorites, etc.

Enable file history on Windows 8

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To enable file history, go to startup and enter file history. This triggers a search. Select Settings under the search box. Now click File History in the left area. This opens the’File History’ window.

Simply click the Power button (16) to activate the file history.

By default, all your libraries, contacts, documents, etc. are automatically selected for backup. To exclude a library or folder, click Exclude Folders in the left pane. Now click Select a folder. Then select the folder you want to exclude from saving, and press OK.

Backup with file history under Windows 8

When you enable file history, a saved file is retained (i.e. not deleted) by default and a backup is created every hour.

To change these settings, click Advanced option. Select the desired option from the drop-down menu next to the option you want to change.

Then select a device to store your data. You can store your backups on external hard drives, network locations, and so on. To change the default location, click Change Drive. You will now see the available locations where you can save your data.

Just select the desired location in this list, click OK and you’re done!

You can read more about how to backup, restore, add more files, change the disk, exclude folders, configure file history, delete old versions, make backups to the local disk and much more HERE.

Information about backing up and restoring files under Windows 10.

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