I dropped one of the external drives on my Mac Pro and it started making noises... so I bought a replacement drive. No biggie, that's why I have Time Machine, right?
So now that I have the new drive up and initialized, how do I actually restore the drive from backup?
Time Machine is intuitive when it comes to restoring the system drive or restoring individual folders/files on the same literal device, but I'm a bit stuck in how to properly restore an entire drive that is not the boot drive.
I saw one suggestion to use the same volume name as the old drive and then go into Time Machine. Haven't tried that since the information is unconfirmed.
For now, I just went to the Time Machine volume, found the latest backup folder for that volume, and I'm copying the files via Finder. Of couse, I expect this to work just fine, but I feel like I'm missing something if that's the "proper" way to do this.
Edit 2014-06: woudldn't you know it, I had the same thing happen again, had the same question, and happened to run across my question here! lol... Just to confirm, I did have to give the volume on the new drive the same name as the volume being restored, otherwise Time Machine wouldn't show the history of the old drive.