Changing the drive used by File History

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What is the correct way to change an external drive which is being used by File History? For example if I want to change the existing external drive that is being used for File History to a new drive then can I just plug it into the laptop, disconnect/eject the old drive and then go to Control Panel in File History and say run File History.


Do I need to first stop File History from using the old drive, disconnect/Eject the old drive, connect the new drive and then Add the new drive in File History.


Is there any other steps to be done


Any help in this matter would be helpful.

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best response confirmed by amardeep1190 (Copper Contributor)

Hello @amardeep1190,


Yes, you need to first stop existing backup and drive and select another drive you want to use. Windows will automatically ask you to migrate the data. Check out the step-by-step guide here: 


Hope this helps!


Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog post by a trusted Microsoft MVP. 

Glad to help!