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aiden
Jun 18, 2013

How long should it take to back up files using Windows 8 File History?

I am backing up my files using an inexpensive hard drive I picked up over the weekend using Windows 8 File History. I tested the drive and it seemed to work fine, but the process has been going on for well over an hour. Is it normal for it to take this long, or should I be worried?

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Peter Cromarty
03/07/2014

I have an addition to Aiden's question. I enabled File History 3 weeks ago and it is still saying "File history is saving copies of your files for the first time". When I click on "Restore Personal Files" it says the same and that "this may take a while...". I have 550GB data on my computer. In fact there is less data in my external drive now than a week ago!. Anybody got any idea what is happening?  Thanks for your help.

jimlynch
06/20/2013
It depends on what you have on your computer. I'd just let it run while you do other things. That's the best way to deal with any kind of backup.
jimlynch
06/20/2013
It depends on what you have on your computer. I'd just let it run while you do other things. That's the best way to deal with any kind of backup.
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jack12
06/19/2013

It can take a really long time, depending on what you have on your machine. Keep in mind that it is locating and backing up all of your contacts, IE favorites, everything in your libraries, all the stuff on your desktop, etc. Just take a long coffee break (lunch too, maybe) and don’t sweat it.

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