I have searched through this forum and WD's main site and cannot find help on ths rather basic question: If I have a massive failure of my computer (hardware dies, stolen, etc) how to I completely restore my time machine backup that is sitting somewhere (hidden to the user) to a new computer?
I am backing up fine to my WD Live NAS, and I can hop in to Time Machine (from my existing computer) to recover individual files, but I do not know how to do a complete restore if I was forced to recover to a new computer. This is one of those things that is kind of hard to test out until you need to do it!!!
I am guessing that I could boot an OS X Lion computer in Recovery mode and restore from a Time Machine volume and that presumably, the backups for the various computers would be available. Is that correct? I don't really have a spare, empty computer to try this with, so any feedback would help. I am mainly concerned with Disaster Recovery, and rarely use Time Machine to recover individual files that I have accidentally deleted, so I would appreciate any description of how to do a bare metal restore, when the Time Machine share is not 'visible'.