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grumpy

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So, I get an alert to set up the File History, which I have yet to do on my SP3. While my desktop machine is connected to an external HDD, I have never connected my SP3 to it or, for that matter, to any drive (including any USB drive) till date. So, here is my question: (1) Can I set file history to save to the MicroSD card? (2) Can I keep using the same USB thumb drive to do save file history? (3) Can I save file history to OneDrive (if yes, how?) and (4) any other option?

Thanks in advance.
I don't know how invested you are in using Windows File File History. Personally, I am not too fond of the included Windows backup tools. For file level backups, I rather like FreeFileSync. It is relatively easy to use and it gives good control over how and where your files are backed up.
 
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kristalsoldier

kristalsoldier

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Thanks. I got it to work, but I discovered that I cannot set the MicroSD card as being the target where to save the File History. It has to be an external drive - USB or HDD etc. This is so odd...why can't I use the MicroSD drive, it would be the most convenient.

Edit: So I used an USD thumb drive. Now when I go to file history, it shows that drive. It also gives an option to choose an alternate drive. When I select that the MicroSD option does not come up. Why would this be so? Does this card or the target destination have to be of NTFS format. I don't remember what is the format of the card though.
 
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kristalsoldier

kristalsoldier

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Mine is formatted exFAT and it will allow me to select it....

Damn! Should I reformat the card? Can I do this from within the device? After that I will only have to enable the OneDrive folder to save to the SD card. Is this right? In fact, is this worth it?

Edit: I was planning to get the 128GB MicroSD card and saving the file history therein would be ideal!
 
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kristalsoldier

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You can format the drive using File Explorer from the desktop to NTFS or exFAT....

And, what would you recommend? exFat? It's very odd really that when I look for other drives to save file history to the MicroSD card does not show up at all - though it appears without any problems in File Explorer and I move files back and forth from and to it.
 

jnjroach

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And, what would you recommend? exFat? It's very odd really that when I look for other drives to save file history to the MicroSD card does not show up at all - though it appears without any problems in File Explorer and I move files back and forth from and to it.
I' like exFAT but NTFS works as long as you accept that it has a bit more overhead....
 

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