In this article, we will see how to select or change the drive for File History. This will allow you to move your backup to another drive and free up space on the current drive you are using for backup with File History.
File History is a very useful feature of Windows 10. It allows you to create a backup of the important data stored in your Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos and Desktop folders. You can specify the drive where you plan to store your backup. The File History feature was first introduced in Windows 8, and has been improved in Windows 10. It allows browsing and restoring different versions of files.
Note: File History requires using the NTFS file system. File History relies on the journal feature of NTFS to track file changes. If the journal contains records about changes, File History includes the updated files in the archive automatically. This operation is very fast.
Files processed by File History are stored in the FileHistory folder in the root folder of your drive. Here is how to change the drive for File History.
To change the drive for File History in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the classic Control Panel app.
- Go to Control Panel\System and Security\File History. It looks as follows (the screenshot below is from Windows 10 build 16251):
- If you have enabled File History, click Turn off for the desired drive.
- On the left, click on the link Select drive.
- The following window will appear:
Select a new drive in the list and click OK. The result will be as follows:
- Click the Turn on button.
Now you can remove the FileHistory folder from the root of your previous drive.
The same can be configured using Settings. Here is how.
Change Drive for File History Using Settings
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Update & Security -> Backup.
- On the right, click on Add a drive if this option is available.
- Select the desired drive in the list.
You are done.
If you have enabled File History, the page mentioned above will look as follows.
You need to do the following.
- Click on the More options link under the option Automatically back up my files.
- On the next page, scroll down to the option Backup to a different drive.
- Click on the button Stop using drive. This will allow you to select another drive to use with File History.
Tip: See How to Reset File History in Windows 10.