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Windows 7: Backing up and excluding a folder.

09 Mar 2013   #1
ROBO731

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Backing up and excluding a folder.

I usually use Macrium to image my SSD drive, but my user folder and some other important files are stored on my HDD. I want to backup all of those files except for my videos folder. Is there a free program that will allow me to do this and is there a way to do this with robocopy?


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09 Mar 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Robo,

If you like, Windows Backup included in Windows 7 allows you to select or unselect folders of your choice to be included or excluded from the backup.

Backup User and System Files

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Mar 2013   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You could also use Microsoft's SyncToy or my own preference FreeFileSync (link in my sig).
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09 Mar 2013   #4
ROBO731

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well I'm looking to image thr disk, not really back it up.
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09 Mar 2013   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

A disk image would include everything on the disk. There's not a way to exclude folders from an image.
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09 Mar 2013   #6
ROBO731

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I thought that might be the case,m. I'll try one of the suggestions above. Thanks.
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09 Mar 2013   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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10 Mar 2013   #8
ROBO731

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I installed Free File Sync. I'm trying it out now, this seems like it will get the job done. Thank guys.
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10 Mar 2013   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Great news.
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10 Mar 2013   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I think you will be happy with it. The only issue I have is that it is being actively developed with a new version each month. You need to check the change log in case it changes the way you are doing something. This has happened twice with the way it handles versions.
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