Well golly, that was almost painless.
My one year old Macbook drowned in a puddle of indiscreet typhoon rain leakage last weekend, and I was forced to replace it next day. Option one, as I was in a hurry and needed to work the following day was to plug my fortunately surviving hard disk into the new machine. Presto! Guys in the shop had me back in action in the time it took to devour a coffee.
I noticed some minor lumps in the ointment and so today the lads transferred the data from the old hard disk to the new one loaded with Leopard. I took it home and plugged it in and it’s like the old machine, but better. Superbly seamless.
My old Macbook was the then top of the range, and yet while I only opted for the intermediate level new machine (13-inch 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 165meg and 2meg RAM), it seems way faster. The best thing is having absolutely nothing to do with loading crap and preferences all over again.
Bravo Macpeople, this really is the way to go.