Customizing a Backup

If you choose the default settings, you can be assured that all data files in all user profiles on your PC will be backed up, along with the contents of any local folder included in a library in any user profile (Shared network folders in a library are never backed up ) If the backup destination has sufficient room, the backup will also include an image of the system drive

If you want more granular control of exactly which files and folders are backed up, begin setting up a new backup and click Let Me Choose when you reach the What Do You Want To Back Up window. That opens a dialog box like the one shown in Figure 11-3 .

What do you want to back up?

Select the check box of the items that you want to include in the backup. What files are excluded by jdefault from the backups;

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Next ] [ Cancel ]

Figure 11-3 Windows Backup normally backs up only libraries and user profiles, but you can choose specific locations for backup instead.

The customization options here are divided into two hierarchies. At the top of the list is the Data Files heading, which includes an entry for each existing user account. Clear the box to the left of any entry to remove all files from that user profile from the current backup settings . (You might want to do this if you've created an account that you use exclusively for testing and you're certain that none of the files it contains are worth preserving. If you've enabled the Guest account, you'll probably want to exclude it from backups as well.)

Although the entry for each account under the Data Files heading suggests that it includes only libraries, that description isn't entirely accurate . When you fully expand the list of available options for an entry in the Data Files list, you see a selection similar to the one shown here:

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Every one of the libraries for the selected account, including the standard libraries created by Windows and any custom libraries you've created, is selected by default. You can skip one or more libraries by clearing the associated check box, but it's an all-or-nothing proposition: you can't choose to include some locations within a library and exclude others . You might want to skip backups for a specific library, especially if it's full of large files for which you have a separate backup strategy. If you're already synchronizing hundreds of gigabytes of files in the Music and Videos folders with another computer on your network, for example, you might leave those space-gobbling files out of your regular backup settings.

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