Currently Being ModeratedOct 20, 2013 2:59 PM (in response to Sepoh)
If you have been syncing your iCal with iCloud then the calendars live on the server, not on your Mac or device; so when you sign out (or click 'Delete account' on an iOS device) you are breaking the contact with the data on iCloud, but not deleting it from the server.
You can go to http://icloud.com and check whether your calendars are there. If so, simply signing in again will restore them.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 20, 2013 3:08 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
wow, I thought this was going to save me! I was hoping but alas when I followed your instructions the only info on the calendar was the same info I see on my laptop....sigh
I do have time machine and tried to restore the last backup from there but I get an error message that doesn't make sense to me.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 20, 2013 3:11 PM (in response to Sepoh)
Did you actually delete the calendars from iCloud - that would delete synced calendars from iCal as well. If that's the case you might be able to restore them from a backup, but then iCloud would immediately delete them again; so you would need to follow the procedure outlined here:
Currently Being ModeratedOct 20, 2013 3:27 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
This is the message I get when I tried that:“iCal” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2013 2:53 AM (in response to Sepoh)
You can't amend the iCal application itself - it's the calendars you need to be dealing with. They live in (user)/Library/Calendars. Back the folder up before trying to restore it.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2013 7:23 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
ok Roger, thanks again, I do understand what you are saying above now.....so I will try the process again and let you know.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to Sepoh)
wow do I feel dumb....perhaps you can give me specifically what I am looking for when trying to find what I'm supposed to be restoring???
I've used time machine and I've also looked on my external harddrive......but since I'm really confused I'm just not having any luck. So I understand that its not the ICal App that I should be looking for but folders right? so they would have .calendar file extensions?
where do I find these files or folders ....
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2013 11:40 PM (in response to Sepoh)
The folder you need to restore is (user)/Library/Calendars. You don't say what operating system you have. Apple have hidden the user’s Library folder in Lion and Mountain Lion to casual viewers, in an attempt to stop new Mac users messing their machines up. To access it, in the Finder go to the ‘Go’ menu and hold down the Option (Alt) key; the Library folder will appear as a choice.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
ok so that is clear.....I got to there, now what am I selecting?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2013 8:02 AM (in response to Sepoh)
When you've found the Calendars folder, go to the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and select 'Enter Time Machine' Give it time to load. then navigate back to an earlier point when there were calendars in the folder and restore them.
Note my instructions: turn the internet off before you do this.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
sorry I was try to paste my options for you to see what I'm looking at
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to Sepoh)
You have to use the camera icon in the toolbar, and the image must be jpg or png, so you will have to convert a screenshot.
However: if you are running Time Machine you should have its icon in the menubar. Click it and choose 'Enter Time Machine' when you have the (user)/Library/Calendars window frontmost.
When Time Machine has loaded, click on the receding windows to move back to a point where your calendars are in that window. Then restore them.
All this assumes that they are backed up in Time Machine. If they aren't, then obviously you can't proceed.