I just bought a new Mac Mini 2012 and have just replaced the drive in it with an SSD from my old MBP. Now the Mac Mini won't boot anymore, showing a stop sign when I try (after holding alt to begin with) from either the bootable main volume or recovery partition. I.e. it sees the drive, so I'm hoping it isn't a hardware problem. Isn't this supposed to work? I seem to recall having changed bootable drives between machines before and it being able to adapt to the new hardware, but maybe I'm confusing it with booting from an external drive. At any rate, the goal is to restore the exact system I had, but on this new machine.
I have a CCC backup on my network of the drive in question. Do I need to first install OSX fresh, boot into the fresh install and then restore the old backup? Though I don't see how that's any different?