3. Create a FileHistory folder
- Create a new folder on your computer and name it FileHistory.
- Right-click the newly created FileHistory folder and choose Properties.
- Navigate to the Sharing tab and click the Share button.
- Choose Everyone from the menu and click the Add button.
- Once Everyone has been added to the list, click the permission level, and choose Read/Write.
- Click the Share button.
- In addition, you can navigate to the Advanced Sharing section in the Sharing tab and click the Advanced Sharing button.
- Click the Permissions button.
- When the Permissions window opens, make sure you set Permissions for Everyone to Full Control.
- Click Apply and OK.
- After you’ve created and shared the FileHistory folder, go to File History and add the FileHistory folder as a network drive.
- Restart your computer and you’ll be able to select your internal drives again.
If you’re getting a message saying to reconnect your drive, you might want to try creating a new FileHistory folder and adding it to File History.
4. Choose not to copy the remaining files to a saved location
Reconnect your drive message might appear if you delete certain files from File History. If that happens, you’ll be asked if you want to copy the remaining files to the saved location.
If you choose to copy the remaining files, you would receive the same error message.
In order to fix this, it’s important to choose not to copy the remaining files. By choosing this option the entire backup will be created again thus fixing your problem.
5. Delete the File History configuration files
- Press Windows Key + R and enter %localappdata%. Press Enter or click OK.
- When the Local App Data folder opens, navigate to the MicrosoftWindowsFileHistoryConfiguration folder.
- After you open the Configuration folder you should see four files in it. Delete them.
- Start File History and you should be able to create backups again.
Before trying this solution make sure to create a backup for your files. This process might delete all the files on your external hard drive that you use for backup.
So, make sure you save them somewhere safe. After you’ve saved your files to a safe location, complete the above procedure.
6. Format your external hard drive and run File History again
- Open This PC and locate your external hard drive. Right-click it and choose Format.
- Click the Start button in order to format your hard drive.
- After the formatting process is completed, start File History again.
- You’ll be asked if you want to save the older version of File History. Choose No and create a new backup.
If you’re getting reconnect your drive error message, you might want to format the external hard drive that you use for backup and recreate your backup again.
Formatting your external hard drive will permanently delete all your files from that external hard drive, so you might want to back up certain files. To format an external hard drive, follow the above steps.
7. Make sure your drivers are up to date
In some cases, reconnect your drive message appears if your external hard drive isn’t fully compatible with Windows 10.
To fix this issue, it advised that you download the latest drivers for your external hard drive. If you don’t want the hassle of searching for drivers on your own, you can use a tool that will do this for you automatically.
Of course, as you’re not able to connect to the internet at the moment, this tool won’t be useful. However, once you get online, it will help you to keep all your drivers up to date, so you won’t be in this situation anymore.
Most of the time, the generic drivers for your PC’s hardware and peripherals are not properly updated by the system. There are key differences between a generic driver and a manufacturer’s driver.
Searching for the right driver version for each of your hardware components can become tedious. That’s why an automated assistant can help you find and update your system with the correct drivers every time, and we strongly recommend DriverFix.
Follow these easy steps to safely update your drivers:
- Download and install DriverFix.
- Launch the software.
- Wait for the detection of all your faulty drivers.
- DriverFix will now show you all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
- Wait for the app to download and install the newest drivers.
- Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Keep your PC components drivers working perfectly without putting your PC to a risk.
Disclaimer: this program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.
8. Reconnect your external hard drive
Sometimes reconnect your drive error appears if you switch your external hard drive with another. To fix this issue, it’s advised that turn off your computer and remove your current external hard drive.
After reconnecting your previous external hard drive, start your computer again. Everything should work without any problems and you shouldn’t get reconnect your hard drive message.
Turn off your computer and reconnect your new external hard drive. After your computer boots, everything should be working normally.
9. Delete few files and run File History cleanup
Few users claim that this issue can be fixed by deleting a few files from your external hard drive and performing a File History cleanup.
Several users reported that they managed to fix the problem by using the aforementioned method, so you might want to try it.
As we already mentioned, having a backup is rather important, and if you’re getting the Reconnect your drive message on Windows 10, make sure to try some of our solutions.