In general, the G DATA software saves files on the basis of their file format. On your computer system, however, corresponding file formats also exist in areas that are managed automatically and are not relevant for backup because the respective files are only stored temporarily (e.g. to speed up the display of pages from the Internet). To ensure that the G DATA software does not accidentally archive these files as well, you can exclude them by setting the corresponding checkmark.
- Temporary directory with files: If this option is selected, the temporary folders and any subfolders and files located there will not be included in the backup.
- Temporary Internet directories with files: If this option is selected, the folders for caching websites and any subfolders and files located there will not be included in the backup.
- Thumbs.db: If this option is selected, the thumbs.db files created automatically by Windows Explorer will not be included in the backup. These files are used to manage thumbnails for slideshows, for example, and are generated automatically from original images.
- Temporary files (file attribute): If this option is selected, the files with the system-assigned temporary file attribute are not included in the backup.
- System files (file attribute): If this option is selected, the files with the system-assigned system file file attribute are not included in the backup.
- Exclude file type: You can use this function to define file extensions that should be excluded from your backup. To do so, proceed as follows: Under File type (e.g. *.txt), enter the file extension or file name that you want to exclude. Now click OK. Repeat this process for all other file types and file names that you want to exclude, e.g. picasa.ini, *.ini, *bak etc. The asterisk and the question mark can be used as wildcards here. Wildcards function as follows:
The question mark symbol (?) represents individual characters.
The asterisk symbol (*) represents entire character strings.
For instance, in order to check all files with the file extension exe, enter *.exe. In order to check various spreadsheet formats (for example, *.xlr, *.xls), simply enter *.xl?. In order to check files of different file types but that have a file name that begins with the same string, you could enter text*.* for example.