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Archiving NTFS metadata in Windows

Posted on 2007-11-25
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Hi people, I cant seem to find the answer for my little problem. File system.

Description of the problem. (a) I'm using Windows Desktop Search with Phlat which allows me to tag quite an extensive library of research papers. Phlat stores tags (well, at least they claim) as NTFS metadata. (b) I also would like to use extended file properties (e.g. keywords etc) which are available under windows running ntfs (right click on file -> properties -> summary -> keywords).

Question. Can anyone recommend some built-in, free or commercial backup application which does back up and restores files with all the information described above preserved on restoration. Two additional requirements: (1) backup files must be stored on removable media not supporting ntfs, and (2) I need to be able to backup selected directories rather than create an entire image of the drive.

Nero and Genie apparently ignore metadata, while Norton Ghost imaging is not a satisfactory solution as it can only back up an entire disk (which is not feasible in my case). .
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NTBackup _should_ do what you want, though you should try it on a small sample first to be sure.

You can access NTBackup via Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup.

Tell it not to use the wizard for more flexibility. You can backup selected folders to to and archive file (something.bkf) on your hard drive first, then copy to any removable media, including non-ntfs media.

It is included for free with all XP Pro systems, and can be added to XP Home, I believe.
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