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Files Not to Back Up
There are some files that should never be backed up. The main reason is that some files do not contain anything that would matter if they were lost. Another reason is that some files are representations of programs or data that are better backed up in a different form. While virtually all regular files should be backed up, in most cases the following kinds of files should be excluded from routine backups:
Most newer software will in fact automatically deselect the items above, unless you override and tell it you want them included anyway. Many types of backup software will also let you select classes of files, by file type, that you want to exclude for whatever reason.
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