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Exclude .dtt Files From Vista System Restore


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#1 mike4321

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:37 AM

I have a problem with system restore where it backs up any file with a .dtt extension. I need to prevent system restore from backing up these file because they contain data. If I restore the system to an earlier point, any of the most recent .dtt files are removed. I have tried adding entries to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\BackupRestore\FilesNotToBackup in order to exlude a single file or entire folder without any success. I cannot locate the Vista equivalent to the filelist.xml file was is in Windows XP. Does anyone know of any other method to excluding .dtt files from system restores?

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:44 AM

Is it possible to move them to another directory? System restore mostly deals with C:\Program Files and C:\Windows\System32

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:07 AM

Billy,

Unfortunately the files need to be saved in a specific folder. None of the .dtt files are saved in the Program Files or System32 folder. The files are located in C:\Apps\DTT. I have also tested placing .dtt files in several different locations on my system such as the desktop, documents folder and C: but system restore will still backup these files and remove them if the system is restored to an earlier point. Idealy, I was hoping to find the file that contains a list of file types that system restore monitors but have not had any luck as of yet.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:39 AM

See this article:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/02/18/e...system-restore/

Does that solve your problem?

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:38 PM

Billy,

Unfortunately, I have already tried the registry mentioned on the site that you had posted and it does not work. I tried excluding the entire contents of the folder and even added an entry pointing directly to the file but system restore system will still backup these files.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:02 PM

I don't know if anyone has accomplished this yet - but you'd have to delve deep into the System Restore and Volume Shadow Copy properties to do this. I'd suggest looking over at this site: http://bertk.mvps.org/html/vista.html or at the site he uses for support here: http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=54
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:32 PM

Sorry, your first post has the wrong registry key listed.

The last entry is "FilesNotToSnapshot", not "FilesNotToBackup".

If that does not work, than I dont know.

You could just turn system protection off....

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