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How do I select folders to backup instead of file types

I have a Dell XPS 8900 running Windows 10, 64 bit. I have Norton Security with Backup. I am trying to set up  a new backup on my new PC to a NAS drive. When it asks what I want to back up it only gives me file types to select but the manual says I can pick Folders instead of files types. I cannot figure out how to do this. Can someone help?

Also I have folders /  files on two drives C: and D: can I do the backup for both drives at the same time or do I have to do a backup for each drive.?

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Re: How do I select folders to backup instead of file types

Hi Tom_Irish.

Welcome to the Norton Community Forums.

If you create a new backup set then click on "What", it will take you to a screen which will have "Sources" on the left and "File Types" on the right.  You will probably see "My Documents" selected on the left.  Personally I select the C:\ drive then unselect "My Documents".  You should see both the C:\ and D:\ drives shown on the left in which case you should be able to select them both for the same backup.

On the right hand pane I switch all "File Types" off (you do not have to but I just find it confuses things for me, as like you I focus on folders).  Then I select the "Add or exclude files and folders" which is on the same line as the text "File Types".  From here you can select files or folders to include or exclude.  Be careful that you get the inclusive logic right.  If you include a parent directory then all its contents will be backed up unless you specifically exclude them.  Personally the first thing I do when backing up from the C:\ drive is to exclude C:\ then I know that nothing I do not specifically add back in will be included.

So I hope that answers your questions and gives you what you want.  If still unclear just come back and say so.

A word of warning, Norton is not intended to backup everything on your disk, it is just intended to back up your data files.  Backing up programme files will probably do you no good, may cause the backup to fail and will take up extra space.

All the best.


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