Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 12:02 PM (in response to MMPJ)
IIRC, you install Lion and on first boot restore from your Time Machine backup. See Pondini's TM FAQs for details.27" i7 iMac 10.6.8 , Mac OS X (10.7.3), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to baltwo)
You're right, I tried to restore first and got a message that I couldn't update because the TC contents were on a newer OS.
So, I now have to order and wait for a Snow Leopard disk, since I can't find mine, but after installing that and Lion, I'll have to use Migration Assistant, right? What a pain.
Thanks for your help, and if you have any other insight, I'd appreciate it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to MMPJ)
If you had take some simple precautions before you replaced your drive you couls of just installed Lion on the new drive. That is to make a USB thumb drive containing recovery HD partition files or downloading Lion to a removeable drive and then made a Lion install USB thumb drive.
But if your old drive still works you can boot from that, by connecting it to a USB port with a SATA to USB adapter, and boot into the Recovery HD to download Lion to the new drive and install it or you could clone your old drive to the new one.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to MMPJ)
Read here lots of methods to restore
Ideally the best way would have been to use a Clone, and if you removed your drive you can still boot from it and clone with a IDE/SATA adapter and a free copy of Carbon Copy Cloner.
Use the "Block level" clone so it copies everything exactly. incluing the hidden Lion Recovery Partition