File History folder in external SD card

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    I'm not sure if I have this set up, or if this was automatic, but I inserted an external SD card (64GB) to use for later on to store large media files, but today I noticed that the card is almost full with a folder named File History. Could someone please explain what this folder is and what I do with it and if it's OK to delete, and how do I stop it from storing data on the external SD card?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Settings - Change PC settings - Update and Recovery - File History

    From there you can turn it on or off and set the location such as SD card or external USB drive. It doesn't always have to be connected.

    The folder would be named FileHistory if it's just History it might be something else.
     
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    I use my SSD almost exclusively for File History. Works perfectly, and has saved me from myself a few times. Peace of mind.

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    Its very odd but I can't seem to set my file history to the MicroSD card for some reason!
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Format it exFAT.
     
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    I am quite sure I had formatted it exFAT.
     
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    I suspect the drive must be void of all other files and folders before initiating the File History.
     
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    I don't recall that being a requirement but you might be right, a sad limitation if so.

    Perhaps though, the target must at least be larger than what would get copied to it as you wouldn't get much of a history otherwise. Perchance is it a small card or have little free space?
     
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    This very well could be the case, because the MicroSD card does have other things on it.
     
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    I don't think so. It's a 64GB card with ~34GB free.
     
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    This is not the case. I have my file history on the same card that I have my 8.1 recovery image on and it works fine.
     
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    Is this card installed on your device?
     

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