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Debian 9 (Stretch) laptop, and attached external hard disk in enclosure.
How to use GNU ddrescue to copy folders or files from failed hard disk? (not the whole disk image). For example, /home directory.

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  • You can't do that. The tool is for rescuing disk images without regard to the data they contain – roaima Nov 19 '20 at 23:57
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That isn't for what the GNU ddrescue program is designed.

You can, however, make a copy of a specific partition, from which you want to copy the data, rescue the partition, and then mount it and copy the data from inside it to wherever you wish, I do that all the time, except I'm always copying the whole disks, which is only a small hassle when mounting it afterward.

Good luck.

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  • I can't copy a full disk image since I have no dedicated media storage or separate PC for storing disk copies 500gb. – triwo Nov 20 '20 at 19:38
  • @triwo Then you cannot use GNU ddrescue. Simple as that. – LinuxSecurityFreak Nov 21 '20 at 0:08
  • what command to copy folders that contain corrupted data? – triwo Nov 21 '20 at 14:16
  • @triwo The only way I know of is just the mentioned ddrescue and then copy actual data from the created image. Sorry, I never have tried another approach. Maybe there is, but I somehow doubt it. – LinuxSecurityFreak Nov 21 '20 at 16:42

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