folders marked for archive

In Windows if a folder has an Archive check box enable, does that mean it gets deleted after it gets backed up.
I am not sure the usage of the Archive Checkbox.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
what it means is that something has changed and set the archive bit.. this is commonly used by backup software when doing an incremental backup.. if a file has the archive bit on then backup the file then turn off the archive bit.

Another use is with xcopy /m will copy all files with the archive bit turned on and then flip the archive bit.  This means that only modified or newer files get copied.
jskfanAuthor Commented:
I meant if Manually you check or uncheck the box next to "Archive" what would happen ?
if I understand your statement if I manually uncheck the Box, then next time the backup runs, it will not backup the folder. Correct ? if so then I see it as a flaw, since users can incidentally check/uncheck the box
Thomas RushCommented:
Call it a flaw if you'd like, along the same lines as, a user could rewire his house to 220 volts throughout, or put the wrong type of spark plugs in his car.

There are some things users aren't supposed to muck with, and by and large (thank goodness), they don't.

The good news is, changing the archive bit doesn't delete things; at worst, it means that a file won't get backed up when scheduled.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Correct, as said it is not a flaw. You can use it to prevent the backup of a very large but temporary file.

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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you Guys
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