If you believe that Murphy was an optimist then the following is for you.
Let me say again that this is not a "requirement" BUT if you have been having problems (there are never any problems with a Mac are there?) or if want to be sure of not loosing anything and being able to restore your old OS then this should give you the best chance.
At a minimum I would have a full backup before any "major" upgrade. But all of you are backing up all the time already using Time Machine, right? If you are running OS X Lion and Time Machine you have Lion Recovery built in. However, Lion Recovery will ERASE your disk before it runs. Time Machine does not back up everything but Carbon Copy Cloner does. Accept no substitutes.
So here goes:
According to the latest reports, 40% of Mac retail sales are represented by 'switchers.' It would be safe to assume that another portion of Mac sales are made by users new to computers entirely. Last time I checked, Macs come with a rather bare bones instruction manual, if they come with anything at all. While most of us feel OS X is designed so well, it is self documenting, not all users have such an easy time. Most of the readers of MacVolPlace probably are well beyond these types of tutorials. But I get questions all the time from switchers who want a resource to get them over the initial speed bumps of the change. Rather than pulling your hair out, take a look at these sites:
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