By default, Spectrum Protect is set to back up all your local drives and partitions. This includes not only those internal to your machine, but also those that are attached externally, such as Firewire/USB hard drives and flash drives. This section shows how to exclude these from backup. If you have accidentally backed up an external drive and do not want the data to be kept for backup, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which drive's backup you wish to be deleted.
You can exclude a drive or partition from backup either in the Spectrum Protect graphical user interface (GUI) or by editing the Spectrum Protect configuration file. The former is generally the simpler and easier method to use.
You can exclude a drive or partition from backup either by altering the backup domain that Spectrum Protect checks when it runs a scheduled backup, or alternatively with an exclude rule. An exclude.dir rule cannot be used to exclude a whole partition because its role is only to exclude folders that exist within a drive, not whole drives themselves.
Excluding drives and partitions by changing the backup domain
Spectrum Protect reads the backup domain setting when it runs a scheduled backup. Changing the backup domain therefore affects which drives and partitions get backed up on the schedule. Drives excluded in this manner may still be backed up manually, and are still listed under the 'Local' list of disks in the Spectrum Protect interface when you run a manual backup; so you may want to expand this list and select only those disks you wish to back up if you do run a manual backup.
Similarly, command line users can include drives as an argument, such as dsmc incr "/media/USB DISK", while a simple dsmc incr will honour the domain setting you have made in the GUI and not back up drives which are not listed in the backup domain.
Changing the backup domain using the GUI
This is the simplest way to prevent a drive or partition being backed up during scheduled backups. To remove a drive or partition from the backup domain in the GUI: