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I've got an late 2009 macbook pro 13' and yesterday I replaced the native hd (new hd: Hitachi; same form factor).

I choosed "Restore from Time Machine" in the options menu on the snow leopard install discs and waited several hours to complete.

After an reboot the mac shows up a white screen with apple logo and tiny loading animation. Nothing happens. After another restart; the same.

Now I cant boot from CD using the C-Key and I have no idea how to fix that problem.

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I boot my Mac using Shift.

After that I installed Snow Leopard without restore. Then I migrate my user account, programs and other files by using the Migration Tool.

Everything works now.

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You should also check out rsync. I was bitten once, or twice, by Time Machine and it's been smooth sailing since I started using rsync (requires a bit more setup, but well worth it) –  Justin Mar 25 '11 at 21:33
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