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The hard disk in my wife's iMac, which was running Leopard, just died. She has an up to date Time Machine backup. I want to restore the backup to her new MacBook Pro, which is running Lion.

I understand the conventional way to restore a TM backup to a new machine is to boot from the installer CD but the MBP won't boot from either a Leopard or Snow Leopard install disk. For obvious reasons I don't have a Lion CD.

What is the recommended restore path?

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In the Applications directory, there is a subdirectory called Utilities. In Utilities you'll find Migration Assistant. Or just use spotlight to launch it.

Migration Assistant has the option to restore from another machine, a Time Machine Backup, or another disk.

Make sure the TM disk is plugged in to your wife's new machine, and you should be able to select it from a list of volumes.

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This worked perfectly. Many thanks! – user9782 Apr 2 '12 at 19:00
@user9782 Please mark this answer as "accepted" if the solution worked for you. That'd help alesplin. – M K Oct 19 '12 at 8:45
Glad to hear it worked out. :) – alesplin Sep 16 '15 at 21:11

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