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Comment by Ken Driver on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 24, 2024 05:48 PM)
Filehistory refuses to display my other internal hard drive, so I use Syncfolder from the Microsoft Store. I can create as many backup jobs as I want,...
Comment by Brian B on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 11:12 PM)
@ Bob. Yes, I perform a full image backup on Sunday night with incremental backups all other nights. I just change over the USB plugs prior to Sunday...
Comment by Herb Klug on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 06:44 PM)
Bob - When I plugged in a portable drive to my PC, I did not get a popup which would allow me to 'Configure this drive for backup.' All it did was no...
Comment by TJ on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 05:11 PM)
Thank you bb for the Windows 10 vs. 11 info. Unfortunately, adding & removing folders to my File History doesn't even appear to be an option! And the ...
Comment by bb on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 01:10 AM)
For those with pop-up or advert problems, "uBlock Origin" is the extension you want. For those on Apple device, tough luck, Apple doesn't allow it. ...
Comment by Hill on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 12:45 AM)
To Veronica - If your whole system/network gets hit by a virus or ransomware, file history will probably be affected, too. An online backup like Carb...
Comment by Jkcook on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 11:31 PM)
Giving up. Too many pop-up ads on my iPhone ...
Comment by Bob on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 11:06 PM)
Kool! Can you swap between two external drives on a daily or weekly basis, to protect against drive failure?...
Comment by Brian B on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 10:07 PM)
If File History doesn't backup all files, I can't see the point of it. In a monumental crash, or ransomware attack, it would still require an installa...
Comment by RW-in-DC on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 08:40 PM)
Does File History require an external drive? I.e., could a networked machine have this feature enabled?...

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