I like to keep a backup of just the partition structure on my primary drive. If I use these exclusions - *.* System Volume Information}~ it works, I think, but when I explore the backup all the folders have been backed up too. The folders appear to be empty (though System Volume Information doesn't seem to be empty), but is there an exclusion syntax that will omit the folders too? ATI 11 Home and ATI 2009 EDIT - forgot to say that this 'empty' backup is 5.4GB!