Currently when doing a feature class to feature class copy the archive table, containing the history of changes is not copied. All the delta tables and versions , such as the additions and deletions are copied but not archive table is not. By allowing the archive table to be copied, it would allow more robust copying of data.
I am currently working using ArcGIS 10.0.2, connecting to a geodatabase held in ArcSDE 9.3.1, with the data stored in Oracle 10g,
I am about to implement a backup which ones a day creates a duplicate copy of a database table. This would allow me to restore the data if someone accidentally deleted the table or rows of data in the table. Although Oracle is backed up, this is a quicker solution, than contacting my IT support, who do not have GIS knowledge or knowledge of ArcSDE.
However I cannot do this because the feature class to feature class copy does not copy the archive. Having spoken to ESRI (UK), they believe it will have been designed this way. I feel the design needs to be modified. If you have similar issues then please comment on my post or add your support by promoting this. The more support this gets, the greater the chance of ESRI implementing it.