I have made a Time Machine backup of my Mac Book Pro onto an external hard drive. I do not have a copy of the OS (Mountain Lion).
Is my Time Machine backup all I require if I want to reinstall my Time Machine image onto a fresh new hard drive for the MBP? Or do I need a copy of the OS as well?
I noticed that when I had my external drive with Time Machine connected to my MBP, when I held down the option button while rebooting, the external drive showed up as an option to boot from, and when I did, it seemed to allow me to do a restore, but I'm not sure if that was somehow affected because my original Mac OS partition existed. If I completely wiped my MBP hard drive (including the 200 MB partition and the Recovery Partition), or replaced it with a new hard drive, would I still be able to boot from the Time Machine image and restore everything on the hard drive?