I have a PC with files that can't the read or deleted even on Safe Mode ('cannot delete files/folders: the file or directory is corrupt and unreadable' --they are not wav, mpeg, mp3...etc ). The MS 'solution' is: backup the volume excluding those files; reformat the PC, re-install everything , etc... At the same time I need to delete them since often at the Windows boot, the system runs the scandisk trying to fix the issue but without results. Also even using the Windows Console and del command did not help; even chkdsk /f c: did not help. So I need a software that is able to create a bootable backup of the OS (Windows XP Pro), system settings and programs of the existing PC but without copying a couple of data folders since most of that files/folder cannot be read/write. What I mean is I can't backup fully or clone the existing hard disk C since this would re-create an image (or a clone) containing those errors; so I need a 'selective' backup but that is able to be bootable - once restored- with all of the installed software. It's my understanding that TrueImage (or any 'Echo' release or SnagDeploy) is not able to do that (excluding non system/critical files and folders during an image backup ). I contacted Acronis Tech Support and unfortunately they can't help me to fix my issue. In fact, the tech support wrote me: "..you cannot exclude anything if you create the full backup and only the full backup can be bootable after the restore". - So, is there any other backup software able to recreate an image skipping a specific data folder but creating a bootable system once restored ?