6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2012 2:01 AM by Roger Wilmut1
eaglelark Level 1 (10 points)

I was having so much trouble after restoring a failed drive to a new drive during my attempt to download Lion for the transition to iCloud that I finally just went to me.com and told it to transfer me with "not all devicies ready" and did that. NOW finally the restored drive IS in fact recognizing my Apple ID and is downloading Lion as I speak finally (from a prior purchase this weekend).


When it COMPLETES the download and i install it, will I FINALLY be able to get my iCloud to work with my MAIL program or is it going to wipe out any accounts in my email? And what about all my calendar and contacts stuff? I don't want to lose anything.....It was working fine before I had to tell it "move to icloud with not all devices ready" -- i was terrified of losing my email accounts.


What do i do when the Lion upgrade from my snow leopard finally finishes downloading in 30 minutes? Install .... and then during the install is there some sort of option to get my Mail / calendar / contacts on my Macbook connected with the Cloud instead of have all that stuff only available wherever it is now?

MacBook, macbook 13 inch from 2008
  • eaglelark Level 1 (10 points)

    ok Lion is now downloaded on my desktop.....i wish someone might advise me what to expect when i start the install as to how to do the icloud thing re getting my accounts in my Mail program but it looks like i will be going in blind..

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,089 points)

    If you have migrated, your email is living on the iCloud server and will not be affected by signing in and out etc on your Mac. You should be able to see it on the Mail page at http://icloud.com


    Remove the MobileMe account from Mail and sign out in System Preferences>MobileMe. This will not delete any emails.


    Install Lion.


    When installed, go to System Preferences>iCloud and sign in with your @me.com address. Check Mail and any of the other data types you want to sync in the checklist.

  • annmstewart@mac.com Level 1 (0 points)

    What about contacts? Are they still transferrable?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,089 points)

    Transferring of contacts from your Mac during the migration process, and subsequent syncing of contacts between youtr Mac and iCloud, requires Lion 10.7.2 or above. Older systems cannot do this: some people have suggested a convoluted hack to do this but few people have managed to get it to work.

  • annmstewart@mac.com Level 1 (0 points)

    So I have to wait until I can download Lion before I can transition my contacts?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,089 points)

    You can transfer them but not sync them.


    In Address Book, select all your contacts and from the File Menu choose Export>Export vCard.


    At http://icloud.com go to the Contacts page, click the cogwheel icon at bottom left and choose 'Import vCard': select the file you just exported from Address Book. If there are a lot of contents it may take some time to upload them all.


    Obviously changes made at either end cannot be automatically transferred to the other.