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File Histor cannot find file specified

by AMCSMattGunnell / May 14, 2013 1:15 PM PDT

I'm unable get File History to execute. Windows 8 recognizes my external HD which I used to transfer my files from my desktop. It works normally otherwise. When I go to the Libraries page and select "History" button, I then select "configure FileHistory settings" in "Control Panel""File History is Off" and E:drive are displayed. I select "Turn On" and "Yes" to recommend drive to my homegroup. At this point I receive an error message "Could not enable FileHistory" and "The system cannot find the file specified". Folders named FileHistory, Data, and Configuration have been created on the external HD but they don't contain any files. Am I missing an executible file from Windows? If so, how can I get it back. My Toschiba Satellite didn't come with Windows 8 discs.

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None come with install discs
by wpgwpg / May 14, 2013 1:24 PM PDT

You have to read your user guide and burn the reinstall discs using the provided procedure. That's the way most all new computers are shipped, and have been for a number of years now. I promise it won't give you leprosy to read your user guide. Laugh

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(NT) Funny, but not at all helpful.
by AMCSMattGunnell / May 15, 2013 1:53 AM PDT
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Make the call.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 17, 2013 2:09 AM PDT

I have run into laptops that the creation of the restore media works but the media when used fails.

This is clearly a warranty issue so be sure to call it in if this fails.

Nothing new about no discs. Many should have told you unhelpful replies about the missing discs. But they are telling the truth.

-> the file history issue is likely to be the old FAT or NTFS issue. You bring up a good point. That is, should this rather new OS not bother the users over details like this?

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File History cannot find file specified
by Arnis-Janis / January 20, 2014 4:35 AM PST

Sorry. No answer.
I have the same problem.
File history recognizes the network drive but will not use it for File History !?
In my case I did not specify a file name.
Also there are other files on the same drive.
This drive is connected using the Readyshare function and is connected via a USB connection to the router.
Would like some help in this area as I bought the 4tb drive for this purpose to serve 4 W8.1 computers in the household.

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