Last step of the data recovery process. I’ve already restored the apps and the user directory, so even if I quit right now I have the important stuff; many critical documents are in the cloud, but not all of them. I would like to have the OS configured as it was before the drive trouble started, hence this last restoration pass. Sure, I’ll do an OS reinstall after this is all done, and it should be as it was.

I’ve learned my lesson. Backup, backup, backup. After years in corporate IT in the aerospace industry I should know better, but what can I say - I’m a cheapskate and was always running out of disc space. Now that I have more drives than I can count I shall reconsider my previous attitude towards backing up my home computer...