7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2009 6:27 PM by BDAqua
Andrew R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My wife's powerbook died so we got a new one. A week before it died I had upgraded her from tiger to leopard and before doing it I just copied her drive on a spare firewire drive. Presumably because it was not a true backup when I connected the external drive the migration tool did not work (it just spun for hours). I was able to copy directly from the drive her old mail, bookmarks, apps and documents. But it is not clear how I get her all address book data.

The Address Book info on snow leopard looks different from the copy of tiger.

If I install tiger on this drive can I then sync to a me.com which I just added to my .me account?

15 inch pro pbook, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    Hi Andrew, and a warm welcome to the forums!

    If I install tiger on this drive can I then sync to a me.com which I just added to my .me account?


    I doubt you can install Tiger on any Mac that came with Snow Leopard/10.6.x, the Intel Tiger Discs are all machine specific for one thing, most importantly though the Tiger Disc wou;d not know about the new Hardware.

    But it is not clear how I get her all address book data.


    Try to import it from Address Book on the new Mac, point it to these locations on the backup drive...

    For Address Book...

    Folders...

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Caches/com.apple.AddressBook/
  • Andrew R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    BDAqua wrote:
    Hi Andrew, and a warm welcome to the forums!

    If I install tiger on this drive can I then sync to a me.com which I just added to my .me account?


    I doubt you can install Tiger on any Mac that came with Snow Leopard/10.6.x, the Intel Tiger Discs are all machine specific for one thing, most importantly though the Tiger Disc wou;d not know about the new Hardware.

    But it is not clear how I get her all address book data.


    Try to import it from Address Book on the new Mac, point it to these locations on the backup drive...

    For Address Book...

    Folders...

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Caches/com.apple.AddressBook/


    I meant installing, ie blessing, the external drive, which i can connect to my g5 running Tiger.

    Anyway, your suggestion, which I tried originally, does not work. I opened address book on her Pro PB with the external drive connected, selected import and drilled down on the external drive to

    /Users/Wife'sUserName/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/

    the open button was still grayed out so nothing could be imported.

    The same with the caches/com.apple.AdressBook

    I do see in the cache a long list of abcdp files which must be her address cards. Can I just drag those into her address book?
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    I'm a bit confused as to which way we're going here, Tiger won't understand 10.5 or 10.6's AB data.

    Can you in her original OS, in AB Select All, then Export Group vCard from the menu, then Import that vCard on the new OS?
  • Andrew R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Since her old PB is dead I cant open it in Leopard. But now you have answered why SL OS will not recognize the data. Why the **** would Apple change the format of such simple things a VC files with the OS?! They seem to be just XML files.

    My options are to install Leopard on that external drive or set up a separate boot partition on my g5 (I have too many legacy OS 9 stuff to upgrade).
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    What OS did the Wife's PB have again?

    What Macs & OSes do you have available now?

    Seems the new Mac should be able to import it.

    If nothing else the new one should be able to use Migration Assistant to bring the whole Account over.
  • Andrew R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well I solved the problem by connecting the drive to my G5, and using her account on the G5, I copied the Address Book and Cache content on the drive to the corresponding locations in her user account. Then syncing it to mobile me she got it to her new PB.

    Your comment that these files are specific to the OS was the hint I needed. Thanks.
    (I still think that was dumb of Apple to change the format of these files, something that programers at Microsoft would do )

    As to your question, my current machines are a G5, OS10.4.11 and a Pismo OS9.2 soon to be upgraded with a gig of memory and Tiger (one of the best laptops Apple made). I have all the mac OS's from 1.0 to 10.6 (along with legacy hardware starting with original 1982 Mac 512e, many of them still operating in various rooms of the house). You see, I go all the way to a 1978 Apple II+, didn't get the 128k Mac because it was underpowered, had more memory on my II+.

    Andy
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,040 points)
    Good news, thanks for the report Andy!