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Hello everyone. I have 2PCs that I'm using my new 6TB NAS for system backups to, however the media center PC with all the movies and stuff on it needs a specific kind of backup.

I would love to do a system backup, however the bulk of the storage on that device (media PC) is like 800GB. Having to compress the SAME movies over and over again into a system image is kinda wasteful and will take the poor Atom machine a seriously long time to do so. I manually have backed up all the media, and thus I only need to do just the main Windows files and NOT the "videos" folder. System image in the default Windows 7 backup includes it regardless if I uncheck the boxes in the location backup (above the sys image backup window).

Is there a way to EXCLUDE 1 folder while doing a system image? I would prefer to not have to do backups manually through mods and having an automated nightly system would be awesome!

Thoughts?
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What are you using for backups? Any decent program will have incremental backups as an option. Windows Home Server fits the bill.
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Windows 7 has a built in backup system. I'm basically looking for system image backups minus 1 folder, aka the 800GB or so "Videos" folder under the user profile. That does not need to be included in the system image, however the Windows 7 backup tools will not exclude that when making an image, only file backup.
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If there's only one hard drive, I would partition it so that Windows is on one partition and the videos are on another. Then you could just back up that first partition. It is doable without reinstalling the OS; since you said you already backed up the videos, you would just delete them from the drive, shrink the partition, and create a new one in the empty space.

Then if you want the links to the videos restored, right-click on the My Videos folder (in the Windows partition) and select Customize to move it to the new folder on the second partition.
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If there's only one hard drive, I would partition it so that Windows is on one partition and the videos are on another. Then you could just back up that first partition. It is doable without reinstalling the OS; since you said you already backed up the videos, you would just delete them from the drive, shrink the partition, and create a new one in the empty space.

Then if you want the links to the videos restored, right-click on the My Videos folder (in the Windows partition) and select Customize to move it to the new folder on the second partition.

I had thought of that, but that is an option that I would do as a last ditch effort.
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