I replaced the original hdd in my early 2008 iMac.  I can't move my files that were backed up with Time Machine to my new hdd using Migration Assistant.  When prompted to select the "from drive", the ext. hhd does not appears as a selection. Please help!!

I replaced the original hdd in my early 2008 iMac.  I can't move my files that were backed up with Time Machine to my new hdd using Migration Assistant.  When prompted to select the "from drive", the ext. hhd does not appears as a selection. Please help!!

I'd recommend staring over, Pondini has created an excellent guide on how to use Setup Assistant. I'd recommend begin reading Pondini Setup Assistant tips where he talks about "Second Chance." Assuming your Time Machine backup is sound the restore  should be very smooth.
Roger

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    Message was edited by: Scionwest
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