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Excluding directories from offline-backup

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Hi,

I use the offline boot-CD, TrueImage 2016 #6571, and I want to exclude some (very big)

folders/directories from the full hdd-backup.

If I exclude them in the options (like \TestData ) they  are saved iin the image, though.

I cannot enter a driveletter, or I don´t know how, and I don´t know the syntax

how to use the \ sign

Any idea ?

thx

 

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*** double post deleted by newbie *** :)

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Ralf, welcome to these user forums.

To exclude folders from your backup you will either need to put the whole path to those folders, or use wildcard letters.

Example: *\TestData\* should exclude anything that has a folder called TestData and the contents of that folder.

See the ATIH 2016 User Guide: Excluding items from backup

How to add an exclusion criterion:

  • You can enter explicit file names for exclusion from the backup:
    • file.ext - all such files will be excluded from the backup.
    • C:\file.ext - the file.ext file on the C: disk will be excluded.
  • You can use wildcard characters (* and ?):
    • *.ext - all files with a .ext extension will be excluded.
    • ??name.ext - all files with a .ext extension, having six letters in their names (starting with any two symbols (??) and ending with name), will be excluded.
  • To exclude a folder from a disk-level backup, click the plus sign, click the ellipsis button, go to the directory tree and select the folder you want to exclude, and then click OK.
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Ralf,

In the boot media app you would need to add the exact path to the folders you wish to exclude in the exclusion list.  If the folders exist on your C drive then the path would begin with C:\ .

If you view these folders in Windows File Explorer the path is displayed in the address bar at the top of the window.  In Windows 8 up this path looks different as each folder is followed by an (>) arrow which if clicked on will display folders beneath it.  Each (>) arrow is the same as a (\) in a path.

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Hi Steve, Hi Enchantech,

thanks a lot, I thiink that´s what I needed :)   *\TestData\* is a good start.

For the drive letter/full path, I have to check next time, because IIRC there were no or wrong letters ?

Not sure, but something confuses the letters, the order, I think my USB-drive.

And there is a difference if the USB-drive is already connected at boot, or when I plug it later,

when True Image is completely started. Of course, TI enumerates them in the order as given

But I can check that now.

PS: If I use an absolute path, does it end with or without the \   ?

C:\dos or C:\dos\  ?

thanks

Ralf

 

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Absolute path ends without the \ .

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oh, thanks.

Yesterday, still not knowing about that the " Absolute path ends without the \ " , I did this (offline/CD-boot) image

WITH using the slash at the end of the path yesterday.   (i.e. I excluded C:\Dos\ ) (a bad example, I know) :)

and this worked. At least, no error, and the amount of data in the TIB-files represents that the unwantet (very big) directories

were NOT backuped. So far so good.

So, do you think, this is no good way and I should repeat this first image once more ? Would be no problem for me...

I can remember once there was a hint in the manual of an older version, but I wasn´t able to find that again, this week.

I checked all manuals, starting from 2010er version, had no chance, and finally found this form here.

Ralf

PS how can I remove the space between the lines here, cannot find it ?

PS2, for my drive letter "issue" :)

While checking/unchecking the wanted drives/partitions for the full offline backup, at this point I saw the temporarily, correct drive letters.

They are mentioned there, in this window. The enumarating of the drive numbers also is confused sometimes, but this is normal,

so I only had to look for the actual drive letters at this moment, to see that it is "C:" where I had to exclude "C:\Dos" (to stay on that example)

 

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Ralf,

The \ at the end of path indicates that another folder exists in the path.  If nothing further is specified in the path then the \ is ignored so that everything prior to that last\ is used to locate the excluded folder.  It is not necessary then to recreate the backup as removing the last \ will not change a thing. 

As for your drive letter issue, I am not sure you have one.  I do not understand exactly what it is you are seeing but be advised that the offline media is Linux based and Linus does not use drive letters so when a Windows path is displayed by Linux the driver letters often change to something other than what they really are.  This is normal behavior and not really an issue.

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Could one think of anything more inexplicably narrow-minded than not providing the ability to exclude files and folders from a drive offline backup  by checking them directly in a directory tree.  Obviously, the developers of Acronis Boot CD did not guess that, in order to select a file for exclusion, it must first be seen. They probably think that users must remember the path of all the files to be excluded, by heart? That`s poor.