Changing File History External Drive


proglearn

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I'm trying to change the backup drive for FH from one external drive to another. When I go to "Select a File History Drive" and select the new one on the list I get:

"You have apps open that are using File History"
"Close the File History and Disk Cleanup apps and then try again"

There are no such apps open, so there's no way to make the change. Any ideas how this can be circumvented?

All help greatly appreciated, I have Windows 11.
 

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Best way to do this, AFAIK, is to temporarily disable (turn off) File History. Then you can turn it back on and target your new drive. It should be smart enough to offer to copy the old file history from the previous drive to the new one. It's worked for me recently, in researching a story for ComputerWorld. Give it a try: it may also work for you.
HTH,
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Thanks for your reply Ed. I attempted that (turning off FH) but got the same error message.

Do you think it would be better to totally remove FH and then reinstalling it? If so, how can that be done? This would be OK for me as I don't need the older backups anyway.

Thanks again for helping me out.
 

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Do you think it would be better to totally remove FH and then reinstalling it? If so, how can that be done? This would be OK for me as I don't need the older backups anyway.
You don't uninstall File History, but you can reset it to the default, as if it has never been set up. Tutorial (with downloadable scripts to do the reset) on Ten Forums.

Easiest way for a "do-over" is to perform an in-place repair install...
An in-place upgrade will retain all your existing File History settings, as it did when I upgraded my System One below from W10 to W11.
 

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Thanks Bree, I performed the reset and it works! Thanks for helping me out.
 

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Thanks for the clarification @Bree: I learned something, too. Much-appreciated. =Ed=
 

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    i7-8650U (8th Gen/Kaby Lake)
    Motherboard
    20LH000MUS (U3E1)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Sound Card
    Integrated Conexant SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    FlexView Display
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 1 TB PCIe x3 NVMe SSD
    external 5TB Seagate USB-C attached HDD
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    Lenovo integrated 65W power brick
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