10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2011 10:48 AM by Mikeeeeey
TaBalie Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
my phone is up to date, and my previous computer crashed permanently. i have a new laptop, and i need my iphone calendars and contacts to sync to my laptop, from my phone.

this should be easier! right now my address book and calendar on my laptop are COMPLETELY empty (so no merge situation), but nothing happens. i can replace everything on my iphone from my laptop (which i do NOT want to do obviously), but not the other way around.

any advice?

Apple iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.1)
  • Mikeeeeey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TaBalie,

    I've been searching for the solution to the same problem, but haven't found one yet. I added a similar post here a few days ago, but the community either doesn't know the answer or doesn't care. I'll reply if I find something useful.

    Mike


    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2776364&tstart=0
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    I'm not positive about this, but I seem to recall that someone had this problem and solved it by manually entering at least one contact and one calendar entry on the new computer.

    When synced, the option to merge then came into play.

    Please do a search to see if you can find the discussion I'm referring to. But in any case, back up your phone first so that you can restore should anything go haywire.

    Good luck.
  • mysteryrare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That did not work for me. I have a similar issue - MacBook Pro crashed - new motherboard. In my case I eventually managed to get Contacts to sync but not iCal. I entered two new entries in iCal so I could see if they synced. They don't.

    I also tried unchecking the sync options in iTunes, (closing iTunes) and then rechecking the options. I think that was what worked for Address book but not for iCal. Interestingly, syncing with Entourage contacts is working as well but not with Entourage Calendar. BTW, I used a MacAir while my Pro was being fixed and the syncing worked perfectly. The only difference being that I had Outlook instead of entourage on the Air.
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    Sounds like it is related more to Entourage than to iCal.

    Would it be possible for you to use your old computers disk to restore the iCal files?

    Or can you access an old backup on which the iCal data is present?

    I'm just thinking of as many possible alternatives as I can. I am at a disadvantage since I don't use Outlook or Entourage.

    The last time I had a hardware failure (my wife's hard drive failed), I used a backup external disk to reload her system onto the new drive in her iMac. The migration assistant worked perfectly to lay down files and since the data backed up was several weeks old, a sync worked perfectly to bring calendars, etc. up to date.

    I'm afraid this is the full extent of my "mind dump" and I don't have anything else to offer.

    I suggest you do a search of the discussions looking for entourage and ical as keywords.

    Good luck.
  • Mikeeeeey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    mysteryrare wrote:
    I also tried unchecking the sync options in iTunes, (closing iTunes) and then rechecking the options.


    This did not work for me either...for Address Book, at least. Specifically, I tried adding only 1 contact to an otherwise blank Address Book, PLUS I tried doing this in OS X and in Microsoft OS, via VMware Fusion.
  • Mikeeeeey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Jerryb wrote:
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    I'm afraid this is the full extent of my "mind dump" and I don't have anything else to offer.

    I suggest you do a search of the discussions looking for entourage and ical as keywords.

    Good luck.


    Jerryb,

    Thank you for trying to help! You are the only person, other than mystery, who tried helping with this dilemma.

    Regards,

    Mike
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    You're welcome Mike.

    Give it some time. A lot of the people who might be of help will eventually get around to looking over the discussions and possibly have a solution.

    I can't recall a time when I had to sync without the help of MobileMe. It worked out that I got an iPhone about the same time MobileMe came on the scene. I've been using it ever since.
  • TaBalie Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    i really appreciate everyone's time and advice (and i did search the forums before i posted).

    i tried everything mentioned here with no luck. btw i'm not using entourage or mobileme. however, my ical problems have fallen into the background because i have now discovered that when my imac died, my time capsule died as well

    i'm trying not to think about it - yes, i'm in major denial about losing my entire digital life of music, emails, photos.

    anyone, thanks again for the help!
  • Jerryb Level 3 Level 3 (870 points)
    If I read you correctly, it sounds like you were backing up to your original computers internal disk. If so, unless it was the drive that failed, you could do what I did when my first iMac died from a motherboard failure. I took out the drive and mounted it in a usb enclosure. I use it as a backup drive.

    If your drive is OK, once mounted to a usb enclosure you could access it and move over your files.

    I'm making a lot of assumptions since I don't have your specific information.
  • Mikeeeeey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TaBalie wrote:
    ...yes, i'm in major denial about losing my entire digital life of music, emails, photos.


    TaBalie,

    I am far from an expert in things like this, but have you checked out some of the data recovery companies? Here's one: http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/harddriverecovery.html

    Good luck!

    Mike