22-08-2017

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Excluding File Types

Backup Filter is a set of user defined criteria to include or exclude directories and files as backup source of a backup set.

There are some basic rules regarding backup filters:

1. Filters are applied in creation order.
2. Inclusion or exclusion made by filter takes precedence over backup source selections.

To add a new filter, press the [Add] button at the bottom of the right panel.



Menu ItemDescription
NameThe top directory to which this filter is applied. Filtering rules will be applied to all files and/or directories under this directory.
All Hard Disk Drives – select all local hard drives as the top directory automatically.
Apply ToDefine whether to apply the filtering rule to files and/or directories.
Pattern MatchingIt defines the filtering rules of a filter. A filtering rule can be one of the following types;

[Starts With] Include/Exclude all files/directories with name starting with a certain pattern.

Example:
You can use B* to match all file with name starting with a B character.[Contains]
Include/Exclude all files/directories with name containing a certain pattern.

Example:
You can use *B* to match all files with name containing with a B character.
[Ends With]
Include / Exclude all files / directories with name ending with a certain pattern. e.g. You can use *.doc to match all files with name ending with .doc (all Word Documents)

[Regular Expression]
Include/Exclude all files/directories with name matching a regular expression.
To add a new pattern, press the [Add] button in the [Pattern Matching] area.

Note: Backup filter is case sensitive.
Filter ModeDefines whether you want to include or exclude matched files into/from the backup set. Also, for those unmatched files, you can choose to exclude (if include filter type) or include (if exclude filter type) them into/from the backup set.
Example

If C:\ was selected as a backup source, to exclude all images (e.g. *.jpg and *.gif) from the backup source selection, then setup the backup filter as follows.

Top Directory = C:\
Apply to = File (true)
Matching Type = End With
Matching Patterns = *.jpg, *.gif
Filter Mode = Exclude
Include all others = false