3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2012 4:14 PM by MadisonP
FBC_21CA Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

Hi folks:

 

I've been going crazy for the last hour Googling around to figure out the answer, so I'm finally turning to you nice people.

 

Here's the deal.  I have three devices:

 

1. A Mac Pro running Snow Leopard, which contains my master iCal calendar, which I don't want to lose. (I made a backup and an archive)

2. An iPhone 4 with an empty iCal. Not currently syncing automatically to iCloud.

3. A Macbook Pro running Lion, which I attempted to import my calendar into, but it ended up with double entries for everything.

 

I want to:

 

a) ERASE the calendars on the Macbook completely so I can start from scratch, then --

b) Back up the master calendar from the Mac Pro onto the iPhone and Macbook, and --

c) Set everything to sync between all three so I don't have to think about this any more.

 

OK?

 

-> HOW?? <-

 

Thanks.


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  • 1. Re: Three-way iCal confusion
    MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Greetings,

     

    Lets start with your final goal of syncing. 

    C. In order to use iCloud you will need to install Lion on your Mac Pro as Lion is a requirement: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4759.  Before install Lion, make sure you have a backup of all your data (as one should always do before making any software change to a computer to avoid issues) and make sure any critical programs you use are Lion compatible

     

    You can use another calendar service like Google Calendars or Yahoo etc. but that is of course up to you. 

     

    Now to your other items:

     

    A.) Erase the Macbook Pro Calendar:

    1. Go to Apple > Software Update and install all available updates until no more are available.
    2. In iCal go to File > New Calendar > On My Mac and add in 1 test calendar.
    3. Click on each of the other calendars one at a time on the left hand side of iCal and go to Edit > Delete until only the 1 test calendar is left.
    4. Go to iCal > Quit iCal
    5. Safe Boot your computer http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1455
    6. While in SafeBoot remove the following files to the trash and then restart normally to come out of SafeBoot:
      • Home > Library > Caches > com.apple.ical
      • Home > Library > Calendars
      • Home > Library > Preferences > com.apple.ical (There may be more than one of these. Remove them all.)
      • Home > Library > Preferences > ByHost > com.apple.ical (There may be more than one of these. Remove them all.)
    7. Once the computer is restart, open iCal. Your previous calendars should be gone and you might now have the default Home and Work calendars which should be empty.  If iCal is not empty, reply back for different steps.

     

    B.) Move calendars from Mac Pro to Macbook Pro:

    1. First make an iCal backup:  Click on each calendar on the left hand side of iCal on the Mac Pro one at a time highlighting it's name and then going to File Export > Export and saving the resulting calendar file to the desktop.
    2. Transfer these calendar files to your Macbook Pro using a thumb drive, external hard drive, file sharing, or just emailing them to yourself.
    3. Once on the Macbook Pro, double-click each file one at a time and importing them to iCal using the "new calendar' option when prompted.
    4. Once the calendars are restored to the Macbook Pro, plugin your iPhone to whichever of the two computers you normally use for iTunes syncing, click on the iPhone, click on the "info tab", check the box for sync calendars and then choose the advanced option a the very bottom to replace the calendars.

     

    Hope that helps!

  • 2. Re: Three-way iCal confusion
    FBC_21CA Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks so much for your time in helping me sort this out.

     

    This sounds good - the only possible wrinkle is I really don't want to go to Lion on my Mac Pro yet.  I have Lion on my Macbook, which is how I was able to set up iCloud.  I've had Lion long enough to know there are a number of "improvements" that I don't like and that I find make my workflow a bit ham-handed compared to Snow Leopard.  So I'm going to hold out as long as possible before making that move. 

     

    I figure as long as it gets synched from the iPhone, I should be ok.  Do you see any flaw in that line of reasoning?

     

    Many thanks again.

  • 3. Re: Three-way iCal confusion
    MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    I figure as long as it gets synched from the iPhone, I should be ok.  Do you see any flaw in that line of reasoning?

     

    As long as you remember that changes you make on the non-Lion system will not go to the others nor the reverse.  In essence that computer will be cut off from the others.  If thats ok with you then you're good to go.

     

    Cheers!