What about attempting to back up data from a lost laptop onto a replacement? This is not like replacing the harddisk, MAC address changes.

I see some people saying they loose backups if the MAC address is not the same. I had my laptop stolen a couple of weeks ago. If I had a TC backup could it be restored to a completely different machine - not just a new disk on the same machine?

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    It can you just have to go to the migration assistant and recover from a Time machine backup, or when doing a fresh install choose the restore from time machine backup make sure you are plugged in via ethernet.