I have to install a new system rather often, and therefore I have to backup my files on a separate partition or an external drive. I am familiar with different ways of ensuring a safe backup but I would like to know, notwithstanding the backup necessity, whether there is some installation setting that would keep my HOME default/visible folders intact (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music etc, not the hidden ones, configs etc).
I would like to use backup in case I want to restore my system (with Timeshift for example), but I would like to avoid making a backup and a restoration of my numerous multimedia files and documents when I install a new system.
I usually install on a single partition with the
/ flag, and I know there are others (
/home), but I don't think they provide what I ask.
I know how to create partitions in various ways, only flags are obscure to me.
Edit after answer:
I fear what I ask is impossible. I realize that what I'm asking is a way of separating (maybe on separate partitions?) files and directories that are all under the same user and thus within the same folder