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How to Use Windows 8 File History Backup

Nov. 13, 2013 11:23 am / Updated by Bobby Hills to Computer Tips
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We're sure you are advised over and over: Backup your files. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 actually come with a brand-new backup features called File History. It automatically back up files in the background and lets you restore them if your computer crashes.

What is Windows 8 File History?

In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, File History, that works similar to Apple's Time Machine, continuously monitors files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Contacts, and Favorites folders and when it detects changes in any file, it then makes a backup of that file.

The Different Between File History and Windows Backup

If truth be told, File History is really just a refinement of the Windows Backup. Here are differences between File History and the Windows Backup.

How to Set up File History?

Unlike, Previous Versions, File History isn't enabled by default. Fortunately, doing so is a pretty straightforward operation. Here's how to get started with it:

Firstly, File History requires some kind of external storage: a USB flash drive, USB hard drive, or network drive.

How to Restore Your Files?

If your files have been corrupted or inadvertently deleted, you can use File History to restore them.

One caveat, though: It's not a full-system backup tool; by default it preserves only those files in your Libraries: documents, music, photos, and other media. Lost files outside your library, resort to Card Data Recovery, an all-in-one data recovery software program. Don't be confused by its name, it can recover any deleted, formatted, lost files including photos, documents, music, videos from computer's hard drive, and of course portable devices. Try it right now, it won't let you down.

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