Q: Why is the home directory excluded from snapshots?
The home directory is excluded for following reasons.
- The home directories of most users contain several GBs of music, videos and other files. Taking snapshots of this data will waste space on the backup device.
- Documents in the home folder may get overwritten with older files when previous snapshots are restored.
Excluding the home directory avoids these two issues.
Q: What about user settings which are present in home directory?
Settings which are specific to a user are kept in hidden files and directories (starting with a period) in the user's home directory. These files and directories are included by default. Only non-hidden files and directories are excluded.
Q: I have some folders in my home directory that I want to include in my snapshots.
You can add it to the list of included paths (from the settings window) but please remember that these files will get overwritten when you restore a snapshot. TimeShift is designed to protect your system files and settings. If you need an application to help you take backups of documents, photos and other user files, please take a look at other tools like BackInTime.