Hello, first time poster, first time Macbook user here. I have done some research, but still have couple questions about backing up my mac. I want to be able to restore my system if something happens, but also an option to get my day0 state of the disk. TimeMachine sounds perfect, but it does not make bootable images and I don't have any other mac. I know paid version of CCC can help here, but would prefer free option if viable. I'm planning to use the apple disk utility to make bootable backup on my thumb drive and then turn on the TimeMachine to backup to the external drive. According to this TimeMachine backs up the hidden recovery partition as well. So If anything happens or simply if I get a new internal drive, can I just plug in thumb drive, start OSX from there and then plug in external drive and let TimeMachanie do its magic? Will the disk have the recovery partition?