Once the new drive was installed (5 minutes) it is only the matter of loading the OS-X 10.5 Disk, going just a few steps into an install until the upper menu bar shows, select “Utilities” and follow the prompts for a Restore from Backup.
The actual backup will be timed a few hours before the Macbook’s internal disk went out. It looks like the actual full restore will take about 2 hours.
As the “Restore from Backup” option only offers Full Backup Images to restore from, I am hoping I can use the hourly incremental backups to later bring my system up to at most an hour off of when the failure occurred.
This is the fourth Hard Disk in this Macbook. I’m going to write to Apple to see if they can offer a solution to what appears to be a non-enviornmental host machine problem.
It sure does seem that TimeMachine used with a decent external hard drive saved me from having the sort of significant data loss of the earlier disk failures.
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