Windows 8 - File History - Unknown Error
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Posted 2013-02-19 01:09:52
Attached is an error message I get with "File History" in Windows 8. It used to work, but for some reason has the error message.
I have spent hours tonight searching the web for answers, with no success.
Would greatly appreciate if anyone has an answer.
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Posted 2013-02-19 01:17:17
Your external drive may be full or faulty. You can check the drive via Windows Explorer to see if it is full or unreadable.
Posted 2013-02-19 01:23:09
Thanks for the reply.
The external hard drive is a WD 1TB, plenty of space, and appears to be working quite normally, except for this little problem.
Posted 2013-02-19 01:44:43
Device Manager says "This device is working properly".Thanks for the reply.
Posted 2013-02-19 07:59:24
Can you get more information about the individual errors by clicking on them? If so, what is the difference between the "warnings" and the one "error"?
If you dont actually need the backed-up files then you could erase the drive and start again, to see if that works.
You could also try plugging it into another USB socket.
Posted 2013-02-19 13:27:07
You could try the following.
1 - Unplug the external drive
2 - delete the following hidden folder: C:\Users\<profile>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration\Config
3 - Plug the drive back in
4 - Go to File history and reapply all settings
Posted 2013-02-20 21:06:40
You have the "event ID 201" issue.
It seems File History has issues with parsing linked directories. See the above for some work arounds.
It also seems to be picky about it's own history. Bad programming not to tell the user it failed a backup.