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    Time Machine restore to another computer?

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    Time Machine restore to another computer?
    My Mac Mini died last night. I have everything backed up to an external drive through Time Machine. Is it possible to restore the data to another computer that is not a Mac Mini? .....for example, to my new iMac? .....or does the Time Machine restore has to be to the same computer with a new drive?

    Thanks!

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    Time Machine restore to another computer?
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    I'm thinking different... iMac, Macbook, iPod Touch, 10.5 - Leopard
    You can restore it to any Mac running Leopard!

    On your new imac:

    - Insert your Mac OS X Install disk, and double-click the Install Mac OS X icon.
    - In the Installer, choose Utilities > Restore System from Backup.
    - In the Restore Your System dialog, click Continue.
    - Select your Time Machine backup volume.
    - Select the Time Machine backup you want to restore.
    - Follow the onscreen instructions.

    I did this with a 160 GB Time Machine and it took about 6 hours.

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    Time Machine restore to another computer?

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    Awesome! I was worried it was going to screw up some drivers or something. Thanks!

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    Time Machine restore to another computer?
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    some computers wont accept OEM apple leopard discs from others, ex:

    you cannot use the mini discs on a imac, it will say "cannot install 10.5 on this mac...blah blah blah"

    im not sure if itll still let you do a restore with the discs, but better make sure before you make permanent plans.
    2.4ghz Unibody | Hitachi 320GB 7200 | 256MB 9600gt

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    Time Machine restore to another computer?

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    i have the retail disc

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