Hello. My old laptop running 10.6.8 ("Snow Leopard") was stolen a week ago Monday. I have an external hard drive full of Mac "Time Machine" backups (a whole backup, then a bunch of incremental ones, etc.) Because I used FileVault on my user (hereafter "User A"), whenever I made these Time Machine backups I logged into another administrative user account ("User B") for the purpose of backing up. That way I wasn't trying to back up an in-the-process-of-decrypting user from within that user. So my laptop was stolen, and the new laptop is running 10.7.2 ("Lion"). I used Migration Assistant and got some applications back; no User A data came back (not surprising; it was encrypted, after all.) I then made my two administrative users and tried, from User B, to restore User A. My applications came back but nothing from the user folder: no documents, music, movies. There was a little red notation: "Cannot restore an encrypted folder." I tried to reinstall Snow Leopard on my laptop using the CDs but the computer made a horrific beeping noise. From some Internet research, the closest I came to a solution was to go into the Time Machine backups and find and load the most recent sparseimage (of my old user A). I was able to load this sparseimage and open it and so forth, but I have been virtually unable to copy anything from it to my new hard drive. I had to copy my documents practically item by item. Photographs are impossible, as is music. I've been warned *not* to copy things one by one but to find and use an algorithm to restore the user and its files, so I stopped the item-by-item copying. More nosing about on the Internet using terms such as "time machine", "snow leopard," "lion," "sparseimage" or "sparsebundle", and "downgrade" yields so many help articles that don't *quite* address my quandary that I don't know what to do. Any thoughts? (I am deliberately not posting every detail so as not to use up group bandwidth; if you need any more information, please contact me and I'll be happy to provide any missing information.) Thanks in advance for whatever tips you can offer.