I am hoping that a solution exists to achieve what I want. Basically, I want to be able to take a snapshot image of my hard drive but prevent certain folders from being a part of the image. For example, I want to skip my Music folder and not have that be part of the image since I already back that up.
Currently, I use Clonezilla as my image backup solution. With it, I can take an image of my PC and restore it bare-metal and be back up and running. However, my laptop has over 100GB of personal files that I don't want to image. As far as I know, I don't think Clonezilla has any ability to skip specific folders.
I know I can create a tar image of my hard drive, and skip folders with that. However, to restore it, I would have to format the drive, restore the tar.gz file, and then reinstall Grub. That's a pain, I'd rather just restore an image (with one step) like you can with Clonezilla, but be able to skip folders.
Is there such a thing? I'm pretty sure there isn't because I've not found anything in my search yet. I asked this question several years ago and turned up nothing, but hopefully something came around since then...