I'm not having a lot of luck with the rules necessary to do a good job (without errors, excluding non-necessary, etc) backing up the Personal Folder in Windows. Does someone have a good set of rules for backing up Windows Personal Folders. I would like to back-up nearly everything (Outlook mail, Windows Live Mail, Internet History but not Temporary Internet files, not temp folder, not other system folders, etc) not just documents, pictures, etc. My attempts to do this so far produce a lot of access denied errors on files that I really don't care to be even trying to back up but I've been unable to develop the rules necessary to exclude them (in some cases I tried but had to remove them as they excluded files or directories I did want)
Any help/direction or set of reasonable Person Faolder back-up rules would be great.
operating system are you running on? Vista and XP have fairly different locations for these sort of things.
Thanks for taking the time to respond, it is greatly appreciated. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. On a different note, would it be easier to build a rule set which starts out by excluding everything, then explicityly adds in entire paths (including subpaths, i.e. include AppData\Local\Internet Exploers\History) as needed? It seems my problem is I'm not good with the rules, and what I need to do often elimiates a path else where simply becase the name matches (i.e. I don't want to include the AppData\Virtual Machines path, but do want to include the Documents\Virtual Machines path). That and there are so many files in the User Profile that are locked (in use by OS) or simply of little/no use in a back-up.
definitely doing an exclude on everything and then specifically including is the way to go! When you are doing your includes you can have strings such as 'Documents\Virtual Machines' which will ensure you only include the specific places you want. I hope that helps!
I used *. is that the best one to exclude everything?
Ok. I'm having a problem. I have everything excluded by rule *. as my first rule. I want the files in a certain folder to over-ride default of exclude, but I want to folders in that same folder to remain excluded unless explicitly included. I can't seem to get that to work. i.e.
I want Folder\*.* to be included but Folder\SubFolder to be excluded, unless explicitly included.
I tried Folder\*. and *Folder\. but that seems to have no effect. How can I differentiate between folder and file when my only option is Include Location and it "seems" to only work on a folder level.
I am making progress and I appreciate your time and help so far.
think this is probably not possible at the moment, as you have noticed the include take priority over any of the exclusions. I was thinking about potentially splitting the Rules section up into four options rather than three files/folders to include/exclude, that would fix it wouldn't it?