I tried searching for these answers, but I couldn't find anything specific enough. I'm really new with Mac's so bare with me. I have an external hard drive that I currently back up all my media files to, from my PC. As you probably know, Windows gets bogged down with "crap" over time, and a fresh install increases the system performance. Becuase of this, I only backed up everything in my "My Documents" folder (a manual click and drag..) and never made an image of the drive. If I had a disk failure, I want a clean install and then to load all my files back manually. I was told that Mac's dont get bogged down over time like a windows machine does. Is this true? Would I be better off just using time machine to back up the entire drive, and not worry about doing a fresh install? I'm looking for something more automated, because currently I dont do backups as frequently as I should. My PC is dying, and now it looks like the MBP is going to be my primary computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated!