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Being Prepared

Spend a little time getting ready to cope with a problem before you have one. All recent Macs come with a bootable CD-ROM with System software—keep it handy. If you own a copy of Norton Disk Doctor or DiskWarrior, keep it up to date and be sure that it will boot your CPU. It’s also helpful in many recovery situations to have an external storage device like a FireWire hard drive. It’s even better if you install a bootable system on that drive.

My hard drive has trouble getting going, but it always starts after a few tries. Should I bother backing it up?

No, your data is of no importance and you can probably recreate it within a few months. After all, you have lots of paper printouts to recopy from and you’re a fast typist.


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