I have a PC organized like this:
C (SSD) "SYSTEM": Contains all system folders EXCEPT *Users* and *ProgramData*
D (HDD) "DATA": Users, ProgramData, and "Media" (Media is in another folder, not under the Users or ProgramData)
Z (HDD): Normally only mounted into c:\BackupDrive, this volume is ONLY for backup. I am now realizing that I need to mount it as a separate volume (Z
so that Windows Backup will back up to it. Also, it looks like a Windows System Backup will always include it's data in the backup, which is not desired. So I will change this.
I am happy using Crashplan to back up my user directories, ProgramData and Media.
I would like, however, to create a System backup that will allow me to get back up and running quickly, but it doesn't have to contain all my media and all user files.
However, when I create a System Backup, Windows doesn't give me the option to exclude certain files on the D drive, since Users and ProgramData reside there. Next to Users is a Media folder with 100s of GBs of stuff I don't need included in a disaster recovery plan.
Can I get Windows System Restore to create a backup without these files? Can I get it to exclude specific folders in my user directories (Music, Pictures, non-essential stuff)?
Is there a better tool for this? Something that works while the system is online?
While I have your ear, what about System Restore Points?