How to create Backups on Local Drive using File History in Windows 8?

Windows 8 has many added features as compared to the earlier version of Windows Operating system. To restore a file we restore the whole computer to a previously set restore point. If you are Windows user, then you might have known about the feature called Shadow Copy or Previous Versions introduced in Windows Vista that allowed user to restore earlier versions of their files using the Backup and Restore feature. With Windows 8 the restore and back up has become much easier.

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Microsoft has introduced a feature called File History in Windows 8. It is by default disabled and you need to enable it. But this feature doesn’t allow you to create backup on your local hard drive. Here is a way out to achieve this. You can create a backup in the externally connected drive also. Follow the steps below to create backup for your files in Windows 8.

Steps to Create Backups on Local Drive using File History in Windows 8

  • Firstly, select the drive you want to create the backups on. For instance, say you have selected D drive
  • Now right-click on it and go its Properties
  • In the properties window, tap the Sharing tab and click on Advanced Sharing button
  • A new window opens, here check Share this folder
  • Next, assign a name to the folder. Suppose name it as FileHistoryBackup
  • Now, click on Permissions

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  • In the folder’s Permissions box, check the Allow boxes for Full Control, Change and Read
  • Click Apply/OK.
  • Now under the Change drive settings, click on the option Add Network Location and enter \\127.0.0.1\FileHistoryBackup in the Folder field.
  • Finally, Click to Select Folder, hit Save and OK.
  • Upon completion of the steps described above you can see that the backups have been created via File History and are saved in your D:\FileHistoryBackup folder.

Now, you don’t have to restore the whole computer to get back the lost or damaged files, as you can simply restore the lost files with File History in Windows 8.

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