I'm using Paragon Hard Disk Manager Pro to make a system backup. I know when I use "disks and partitions" under the smart backup wizard I can select the following: - Basic Hard Disk 1 - First Hard Disk Track - Master Boot Record And that will create a full system backup. I'm confused how to do that same thing but exclude certain folders. I can select "other files and folders" and select the files and folders I want, which would be most of my folders excluding a few I don't want backed up, but would doing it this way create a full functioning system backup like if I used "disks and partitions"? What about the "first hard disk track" and "master boot record"? Those seem important but I don't have the option to select those under "other files and folders" mode. I do see the files "bootmgr", "BOOTSECT.BAK", "IO.SYS", "autoexec.bat", "MSDOS.SYS", and "autoexec.bat", which are all hidden files, and it also shows the "hiberfil.sys" and "pagefile.sys" files which I believe I can skip. Would I have a functioning full system backup if I selected all those files plus all the folders under "C" (minus the folders I don't want)? I'd just use the "disks and partitions" option but I have some very big video files currently on my C drive that I don't want to waste space backing up, so I want to exclude the folders that hold these videos. Otherwise I want to back up everything. Also if I use "disks and partitions" I can select "change backup settings" and I have a host of options for things like "control archive integrity", hot processing options, etc. that I don't see when using "other files and folders". Would these options apply if I set them under the main settings before I use the wizard or are they ignored when using "other files and folders" mode? Am I going about this the wrong way? The other way I think would work is in "disks and partitions" mode to create a new category called "folders" under "Copy/Backup exclude options" and add the few folders I want skipped under that new category using "Add filter", then I could do a "disks and partitions" backup like I'm used to and just select the "folders" filter to exclude. Would that be a better option? I'm thinking it might be the way to go but I've never tried a backup using custom filters to exclude folders before - will this work? I tried setting it up this way but when I select the new "folders" category with the folders listed underneath I want to exclude, the estimated size remains the same no matter if I select the exclude list or not. Under the backup summary it lists "C:/1/, C:/Working/" which are the 2 folders I want to skip - will these folders actually be skipped? The estimated archive size is the same whether or not the exclude mask is selected or not so it looks like it won't skip them based on the archive size but maybe the estimated archive size doesn't account for exclude masks?