I have a Time Machine Backup of my whole Lion 10.7 system upgraded from Snow Leopard that I am trying to restore to. I was doing some dual booting with Ubuntu and had changed the partition size of my Lion system. I wanted to reclaim tha original size of the HD and get rid of Ubuntu and first tried using the Recovery HD and disk utility tools there. I couldn't so I just made the drive a single partition again with the 10.6 install disk and I restored from my Time Machine backup.
The restore looks like it all goes well (takes about 4 - 5 hours to restore all files) then asks me to restart. I restart but the boot up hangs at the gray screen with the Apple logo and the spinning gray wheel. I can boot into Safe User Mode and I can move around the file system in Darwin and I see my files (and it says I have root access etc.)
What could be wrong? Let's see..... I have no Recovery HD that Lion had made anymore. Could it be because Lion uses that Recovery HD also when it's booting which Leopard doen't make and that's why I can't boot fully? In Darwin I've done the fsck -fy command and it looked like it checked everything and it said that "File System Was Modified". I also did a mount -uw and tried to exit / reboot the sytem (which it didn't) but after a forced shutdown / startup it still hangs at the bootup place mentioned above.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427 - This didn't help me much as it doesn't mention about what to do if boot hangs at the spinning wheel stage.
Hm.. what could it be? Should I fully install Snow Leopard and try to migrate files using my TM Lion Backup? That's silly or woudln't work because it's a newer OS right? Oh, and I am trying to restore onto the HD that created the TM Backup. So, shouldn't be an issue there.
Thanks for any help in advance