Been with Apple since the 3G iPod but I finally got around to picking up a Mac about a month and a half ago. Love it, glad I made the jump, etc etc. The inclusion of Time Machine pushed me to seriously consider using it, since up until this point I've never really bothered backing up my data due to lack of motivation to setup something similar on Windows (never experienced a HDD crash, *knocks on wood*). Anyway, I was reading up on backup solutions like Time Machine and I read a number of pieces saying the author uses Time Machine for the convenience of incremental backups, but also keeps a bootable clone on hand in case things get messy. I was in the middle of setting up an external drive to have both (a bootable partition the same size as my mini's HDD, with the rest of it for time machine) when I started thinking about it and wasn't sure the bootable clone was all that necessary, especially since they would be sharing the same drive. So I'm wondering what your thoughts are on all this, and how some of you have your backup solutions setup? Does it sound like overkill to you too? PS. New to Mac Rumors and had issues finding the best place to put this post. I'm relatively new to the mac, and this discussion seemed to be basic enough, so I landed here. If there was a better forum suited to this kind of discussion, let me know.