I'm thinking it would be nice to partition my C drive (SSD) and use the new drive letter for File History.

Is this possible?

Or will windows not allow using the new partition for File History because it exists on a non-removable drive?

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    Possible duplicate of Change Windows 10 File History drive – Ramhound Dec 12 '16 at 16:32
  • it's not a duplicate since the question I'm asking (internal vs external drive) isn't address there, however. That's a good link to have. – Mikey Dec 12 '16 at 20:38
  • Given the fact you accepted Run5k's answer which outlines the exact same process as the process in the duplicate question your comment is confusing. – Ramhound Dec 12 '16 at 20:40
  • The question was not about how to change the File History drive, the question was if Windows will allow it in this scenario (the reason I asked instead of just trying it was that I would have to re-partition my boot drive first). The accepted answer answers this directly (but such info is not available on the link) – Mikey Dec 12 '16 at 20:59
  • just create a folder where you want you file history to be (in a partition or in your C:). Enable sharing (right click, property) and the "network path" will appear (ex: \\ME-PC\windows File History). Copy it. Then Run "filehistory" / select drive / add network location / in the field 'folder' past your network path. – JinSnow Jul 20 '17 at 7:35

Ultimately the answer is "yes," you can do that. As long as Windows perceives what you are utilizing as a different drive (in this case, your new partition), it should work. It doesn't need to be a removable drive... for example, a network location will also work.

  1. Right-click on Start and select Control Panel
  2. Within the icons view, select File History
  3. Click on Select Drive

    Select Drive

  4. Within that interface, you can potentially select a local drive, choose a network drive by selecting Show all network locations, or manually navigate to a network share by selecting Add a network location

    Add network location


When you have a few minutes to spare, this tutorial explains your potential options a bit more in-depth:

How to Select a File History Drive in Windows 10

  • You should quote and cite the relevant information from your link. – Ramhound Dec 12 '16 at 20:41
  • I had every intention of doing so, good sir... typically, the real-world IT tasks need to take precedence over fine-tuning the Super User questions. – Run5k Dec 12 '16 at 21:13
  • ( you can leave the answer not submitted until you complete it ) I do that all the time. – Ramhound Dec 12 '16 at 21:14
  • That is good advice, and I will definitely remember that for future reference. I merely wanted to assure you that this wasn't a case of neglect on my part. Nobody had actually answered this gentleman's question after more than two hours, so I wanted to help him out accordingly. – Run5k Dec 12 '16 at 21:20

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