Thanks Allan for your speedy response.
I had a partition on my HD to do my Windows work, and occasionally boot up from. However, since Lion no longer supports Windows XP, that partition was unused, and I did all my Windows stuff with VMware virtual. I wanted to recoup the space and change my HD back to one partition. I thought that this was a great opportunity to defragment my drive as well. So I erased everything and restored from a Time Machine Backups.
So now I have one partition called 'Time Machine Backups' with my Macintosh HD nested way inside, Path: 'Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupd/MacBook-001F5BB8F26A(2)/a hole bunch of folders all named by the dates of the backups Latest/Macintosh HD
How do I pull out the folder Macintosh HD and make it look like a disk and bless the containing system folder?
I was looking forward to Mountain Lion because it had the universal streaming feature for everything. However, I discovered it was not supported by my mid-2009 machine. So I lost interest.
I appear to have solved my own problem. I partitioned my external drive to allow for an external installation of Lion, which, of course, will install a recovery disk. Once that was done, I restarted in command-R mode, and directed the Time Machine restore to the HD of my MBP. After almost four hours my HD was restored, unlike the 10 hours that the Restore in Disk Utility took, and it didn’t work...
Thanks for your help.