I was going to try ddrescue to recover data from a faulty (beeping) laptop drive and a primary ext4 partition.
Reducing the number of reads from the disk should reduce the recovery time and increase the chances of successful recovery, so I would like to only recover /home, and exclude all the non-critical subfolders, like /tmp or /home/guest/Downloads.
I can`t find any option to only recover subfolders in the ddrescue manual, though. Maybe there are other better suited tools for selective data recovery which could maybe display the file system structure, and let me check/uncheck what to recover before starting?
I had used a similar tool in the MSDOS era, so I`m not sure about the best tool for ext4 nowadays.
Open source tools for Linux would be preferred, if possible.