New here! Just got a first Apple computer, besides the wifes iPhone and iPad. Actually, the MacBook Pro is really for the little one whos starting school this coming school year. However, I have to be sharing it with her I like the unit. I am now being sold to MACs. I did a search here on backups. I asked the Apple technician about backing up the system, and was told about the Time Machine. Here, I learnt about other third-party softwares that are also good. According to all the info I so far have, I realize I have to dedicate a drive (external) just for Time Machine. Then I read about SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner for cloning and start-uping if need be. I like what both options offer. Heres my issue. With IBM, I create images of my desktops and notebook, to two separate external drives (Acronis and Easeus). In this drive, I have folders with names of the individual system and store the image file there. The created file is a single file I can copy or move to another location. And on this backup drive, I have other video files I transferred there for backups. I see MAC dont work that way backing to a file; instead it selfishly takes over the whole drive (dedicated). In contrary to what I was told, on this forum, KevinC867 mentioned about creating partitions on the external drive for both Time Machine and cloning. If thats so, great! If so, then, I should be able to have three partitions Time Machine, Cloning, Personal Files (on same external backup drive). So wish both backup formats would be as image files. Thanks in advance!