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However, because before you disconnect that external hard disk drive you have to come in here and turn File History off, which nobody ever remembers to do before disconnecting the external drive. So as a best practice just install another internal hard drive in the system and we'll use that to store our file history. I'm going to come down here and click Turn On. When I do, File History's enabled and oh,down here it tells us that File History is saving a copy of your files for the first time. Obviously, in order to have a history of files you have to run an initial File History copy and that's what it's doing right now and this will take a few minutes to complete depending upon how much data you have saved. So, using this configuration the files contained within my user profile directories, my desktop, documents, downloads, music, pictures, videos, and so on will be copied over to my E-drive. Configuring File History 3:39-8:24 Now, you don't have to go with that configuration if you don't want to. You can come over here and customize the way file history works. For example, I can click on Select Drive and pick a different hard disk drive that I want to save my file history data on. I don't have another one in this
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system so I don't have that options. I can only use E, and that's what we'll continue working with for now. Go back.Another useful option is exclude folders. It is possible that there may be folders within your user profile that you don't want included within File History. And that could be for a variety of reasons.Maybe the files in there are extremely large and it would consume too much space on the secondary drive. That is a possibility. A more likely scenario is one where there are security risks associated with those files. Meaning that they contain sensitive information and we don't want that information being copied to another drive.In that case, we may also want to exclude those files from File History. Personally, I don't ever do that.I love File History, so I let it backup everything in my user profile. And believe me, File History has saved me many times from lost, corrupted, or otherwise messed up files. Let's go back. We can come down here to advanced settings as well. And here we can configure how often we want File History to create snapshots of our files and then how long to keep those snapshots. By default it's going to take snapshots every hour. For most folks that works out really nicely.However, if you're working with say really important files then you could potentially increase the interval even as frequent as every 10 minutes. Doing this will provide you with a much broader filehistory to select from if you need to restore a file but it also uses up a lot more disk space because you're creating a lot more previous versions of your working files. On the other hand, if the files that are in your user profile directory do not change that often you can select a longer interval such as every three hours, 12 hours, or even just once a day.
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