Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2011 4:07 PM (in response to ZGuy)
Library > Application Support > AddressBook
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2011 4:57 PM (in response to AdamKB)
OK, and then what? Tried to import AddressBook.data and the file is not available for selection. Tried copying AddressBook.data to the target system but the Address Book application does not recognize it when started.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2011 5:33 PM (in response to ZGuy)
The safest way I can think of is to create a new user account (or use one that doesn't have any address book data). Copy the AddressBook.data file into that addressbook folder. Open Address Book and it should convert those to the new format. If it doesn't, close Address Book and delete the addressbook-v22.abcddb file. Then open Address Book again.
Select all of the contacts and export them as a vCard (File menu, Export). Drop that vCard file into your real user account's Drop Box in the Public folder (/Users/username/Public/Drop Box).
Switch to your other account and import that vCard by double-clicking it.
If you want to preserve groups, select all the cards in a group and export each group individually. Then, as you import each groups vCard, the Last Import group will have all those contacts. Drag all in the Last Import group into the group you want them (make the new group if you need to).
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2011 11:14 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
I slight variation of Barney-15 E's excellent advice would be not export addresses or address groups from the temporary account but to create an archive of the old address book and to restore the address book from that archive.
To export an archive of the complete Address Book:
File -> Export Archive
To restore from the archive:
File -> Import
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 4:27 PM (in response to ZGuy)
An additional hint for others who may find this post helpful: I was restoring a Tiger Address Book, and using a Snow Leopard System to do it. I moved the Addressbook.data file into the Snow Leopard's Library/Application Support/Address Book folder. But when I launched AddressBook, it didn't find the new information.
I found I needed to delete all the other folders and files in the folder, and leave only the AddressBook.data file for the Snow Leopard Address Book to see the data and update it.