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I am likely to receive some sensitive data marked 'delete after a certain time'. Also some free commercial software has T&Cs that prohibit copying.

How can my backup strategy cope with this? I burn archives to DVD and use robocopy to backup to an external device.

I don't want to have to change the robocopy script to exclude files by name, and I certainly don't want to manually delete files after backing-up. My 'best guess' is to have a folder specifically for these files and to exclude that folder from backups, but that just makes it harder to find things.

Windows 7 Home Premium

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  • You can specify either what to include or what to exclude, but if you want a selective backup, you have to specify something. You have already described the options. You will be adding files that don't fit nicely with your previous backup plan. You will need to decide which route is the least work for you. – fixer1234 Jul 18 '15 at 16:24

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