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File History: Reconnect your Drive: Your files will be temporarily copied to your hard drive until you reconnect your File History drive and run a backup.

Where is this folder? On my backup drive it's just B:\FileHistory but nothing on the local drive.

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There is surprisingly little technical info out there, and nothing from Microsoft at this point regarding this info. However, according to Windows 8 – File History Feature replaces “Previous Versions” and Backup and Restore, if you:

  1. Look at HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fhsvc\Parameters\Configs, you should find an entry for each local user who has enabled File History pointing to a configuration path. (The path will look like C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration\Config)
  2. In this location, you should find two identical files, config1.xml config2.xml. Open either one and look for the StagingAreaPath value, which will be similar to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Data. This is where your files are stored while your Target is unavailable.

Also see the other values under StagingArea for maximum cache size.

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