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    Backing up while excluding My Documents

    Hi all
    I backup My Documents as a simple data backup (cloud based and also to various portable drives using Karen's Replicator). So when I want to make an image backup of the windows system in case of emergencies I don't really require My Documents to be included in that as well.
    I use Macrium Reflect (free)
    Easeus Todo (free)
    and Paragon Professional 11 (paid)
    I am unclear in all of these system backup softwares how to exclude My Documents (thus creating a much smaller image) and yet be sure of having a usable backed up image. I imagine I've overlooked something obvious but I'd be grateful if someone could suggest a foolproof method of doing this in any of the above softwares (short of temporarily moving the contents of My Documents to another drive until the backup has been created).
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    David,

    IMHO the easiest way to do this is to separate your Documents from the OS partition.
    To do this you need partitioning software like Partition Wizard (free) to set up a second partition on your drive.
    The you use Windows to move the location of documents to the new partition { I keep mine on the G: partition}.
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    Hi RetiredGeek
    I thought of that (and indeed I did it for the downloads folder), but my cloud based backup will only recognise the MyDocuments folder if it is based on the C drive
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    Get a better cloud based backup!

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    David,

    I don't know what cloud based backup you are using but I just did a test with Microsofts SkyDrive and it worked just fine using this method.
    1. Setup the SkyDrive software taking the defaults which place the SkyDrive folder under C:\Users\USERID\SkyDrive
    2. Navigate to: C:\Users\USERID\SkyDrive\Documents.
    3. Create a Symbolic link to MyDocuments on the G: drive. For this test I only created a link to one folder in MyDocuments.
    4. Save a new notepad file to the folder in MyDocuments.
    5. Confirm that the file showed up in the SkyDrive Documents folder.

    This should work for your solution also.

    To create the Symbolic Link:
    • Open an Elevated Privileges command prompt.
    • Navigate to directory in 2 above.
    • Type: mklink /D link-name target
    • Press: Enter

    Note in the attached picture I used SDDocs as my link-name and G:\BEKDocs\Transfer as my target. Make sure your fully qualify your target.
    BEKDocs is where I have rerouted My Documents to on my G drive.
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    Thanks :-)
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    I will never be without a separate data partition any more. I have moved all the folders that Windows easily allows to be moved, including the Store Folder in WLM. I did not have to do anything special to back up to Skydrive, although I have not doe so recently as I prefer my in house backup scheme.
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