System backup utilities that can exclude files

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Gullible Jones, Mar 9, 2012.

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  1. The problem: I would like to maintain Windows system backups and personal data backups separately.

    The (possible) solution: a backup utility that somehow allows me to exclude files.

    The question: does such a thing exist? Is it even possible? Note that I'm talking about a full system backup utility, which preserves NTFS permissions.

    (Seeing as I have yet to hear of any archive format that preserves NTFS permissions, and I don't think Volume Shadow Copy can handle this, I suspect the answer is "no"; but I figured it was worth asking.)
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia
    Gullible Jones,

    Have you considered having your personal data in a partition separate from the OS? Image the OS in the usual way and backup whatever files you desire in the data partition. I like Second Copy 8 for data backups. You can exclude data from the backup and it can copy NTFS File and Folder security information.
  3. That is how I currently handle things on Windows. For various reasons it's not quite ideal, but thank you nonetheless.
  4. claykin

    claykin Registered Member

    Sep 30, 2007
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