9. Backup & Recovery Features

One of the most important things you can do to protect the applications and data on your computer’s hard disk is to periodically back it up onto another device or media. OS X includes Time Machine, an application that can automate the backup process and make it easy to restore files that have been damaged or accidentally erased.

In the event that your computer’s startup disk has serious problems, OS X has a feature that can really help: the recovery partition. It makes it possible for you to get a sick Mac started and troubleshoot its problems.

This chapter looks at both of these features and provides some tips for backing up your important data files. ...

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