I have my documents, music and whatever files manually backed up on multiple external devices, so I am not worried about losing them. But how does it all work if the Mac should crash and need a clean install of OSX? Windows machines have a partitioned hard drive which you can boot to and recover to factory settings and you can make recovery CD's. My research so far, says you can't make recovery CD's for a Mac. But does it have a partitioned recovery system? I know that time machine can back up files and settings to an external hard dtive, but does this include Mac OS? Or should I just make a bootable OS on a thumb drive? Yes, they are probably dumb newbie questions, but It's my first Mac and only had it 5 months. I now can use VoiceOver efficiently enough to operate the computer on a daily basis so want to get to know it inside out just like I know Windows computers. Might take some time but have to start by asking questions.
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