It is the user's responsibility to ensure that the files they wish backed up are being backed up. It is strongly encouraged that all users wishing to modify Include-Exclude statements confirm/check the backup each time they change any rule or install new software. To check what you have backed up, follow the restore instructions but cancel before restoring the files.
Rather than back up everything on your hard drive you can select to exclude files you KNOW you do not need and confirm file you need are backup. Example of this to exclude are software files that you would re-install from original disks. And include "My Documents" and the desktop.
However, before you exclude software files, such as MS Word, you need to know where it stores your files. Not just your word files that you create, but template files you may create or alter, dictionaries, anything that you have personalized within the program. Every software package will store this information in a different location and you will need to review each package to find out where it is saving your data files, template files, etc.
There are 4 main Include-Exclude statements that you will use regularly:
|Exclude||this command can be used to exclude an entire directory, all of its sub-directories, and all files within all of the directories.|
|Exclude.File||this command will exclude individual files|
|Include||This command can be used to include an entire directory, all of its sub-directories, and all files within all of the directories.|
|Include.File||this command will include individual files but it must be issued before the Exclude.
Include and Exclude commands are used in conjuction with wildcards. The \...\* (3 periods) is a wild card designation, which when placed after the statement tells it to include (or exclude) all sub directories and files from that point down. See examples below.
NOTE: Exclude.Dir is not an advised command. It will limit your options and you will not be able to add includes to backup files or folders within the space excluded by Exclude.Dir.
The following examples are based on this folder structure.
To Include a Sub-Folder with all of its contents.
To Include a single file