Windows user here - I've had a corrupted system and been able to re-install from a
partition image backup with no problems because my data is all safe in another partition.
That said, system recovery is obviously highly irrelevent to the Mac folks and I am
extremely old fashioned in that I have seperate rooms in my house for different purposes
too (which was very useful when I wanted to re-tile the downstairs loo floor 'cos I didn't
have to refloor the entire house)
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