Windows 10: which Windows and Programs folder files do not need to be backed up?

  1.    13 May 2018 #1

    which Windows and Programs folder files do not need to be backed up?


    I use Retrospect Professional to back up all my systems. I like that Retrospect retains old versions of files, not just the current version. (http://www.retrospect.com). Highly recommended, btw.

    Here is my question. Rght now I have Retrospect set to back up all files on my C drive (on all systems), except for obvious temp files, hibernation and swap files, etc. The C drive contains just Windows and installed programs. I keep all user data, photos, music, etc., on other drives. Some nights I find Retrospect wanting to back up 3-5 or more GB. I know some of that is daily updates for things like AV signature updates.

    Are there folders that are used just for these kinds of daily updates? is it important that I back up the ProgramData folders? Any other folders that I can safely ignore?

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       14 May 2018 #2

    Are there folders that are used just for these kinds of daily updates? is it important that I back up the ProgramData folders? Any other folders that I can safely ignore?
    Some third party software tend to store their extra info/data/updates/license in C:\ProgramData folder and in folders Local/Roaming/LocalLow under
    C::\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData.
    Depending what kind of software applications you installed. Besides temporary files being created. Cache files, Thumbnails, cookies, Windows Updates etc... are also created so I would suggest to back up everything. However, before creating back up you should use some cleanup software to delete those unnecessary files.

    Software such as Video/Audio editing also create huge amount of caches, you just have to look at the Settings associated with the software to find out where they store those cache files.
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  3.    14 May 2018 #3

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Some third party software tend to store their extra info/data/updates/license in C:\ProgramData folder and in folders Local/Roaming/LocalLow under
    C::\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData.
    Depending what kind of software applications you installed. Besides temporary files being created. Cache files, Thumbnails, cookies, Windows Updates etc... are also created so I would suggest to back up everything. However, before creating back up you should use some cleanup software to delete those unnecessary files.

    Software such as Video/Audio editing also create huge amount of caches, you just have to look at the Settings associated with the software to find out where they store those cache files.
    I already exclude temp and Windows\temp folders. I also exclude certain file types like ~*.* and *.bak.

    I would prefer not to back up caches, thumbnails and anything else that is transient.

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