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How To Save And Restore Data In Windows 10 With File History

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Windows File History

File History is an amazing tool that helps users to automatically backup and restore data on an external hard drive easily and conveniently. The feature is available in Windows 8/8.1 and 10. For backing up data, you need an external hard drive (NTFS file system).

File History On Windows 10

Windows’ File History continuously backs up data in real time. It creates successive backups and every copy stores only modifications after the latest backup.

File History replaces ‚ÄúPrevious Versions‚ÄĚ feature in Windows as it stores multiple successive copies of a single file. Now easily bring back earlier versions of files you liked using File History.

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How To Backup Files

In Windows 10, you can access access File History by two ways. You can either access it from the Control Panel. Choose System and Security > File History.

Otherwise, you can access it via Settings option.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup.

We would be discussing the latter method in this chunk of the article.

Click Start and Select Settings option.

Click Update & Security. Further, select Backup option.


After reaching¬†Backup, you can plug in an external storage device. Now click ‚Äė+‚Äô to add the drive.

After adding the storage device, Windows will start backing up files in the device. Also, ensure that you have switched on ‚ÄúAutomatically backup my files‚ÄĚ feature.

Now as you have set up the backing up process, you can decide which folders you want to backup by adding or removing them through ‚ÄúMore Options‚ÄĚ under the Backup slider.

Click ‚ÄėAdd Folder‚Äô to add folders.

To remove a folder, select a folder and click ‚ÄėRemove‚Äô.

Restore Files Using File History

To restore files, go to Control Panel > File History


Then click ‚ÄúRestore Personal Files‚ÄĚ.

Afterwards, click the green button to restore files to original location.

You can also choose the location to restore files. To restore files to your desired location, click ‚Äúgear‚ÄĚ icon on the control panel window.

Then, select ‚ÄúRestore To‚ÄĚ to restore files to the location.

Other than that, you can use¬†Advanced Settings¬†to select how frequently you want to backup your files, and how long you want to keep them saved in the drive. Click ‚ÄėAdvanced Settings‚Äô on the left side of the panel and choose your preferences. You can also delete backup files whenever you feel they are no longer required by clicking ‚ÄėClean up versions‚Äô.

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