back up Mail, iCal, Adresbook

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  1. Dafke macrumors 6502

    Dafke

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    Hey all, i got a question about backing up some apps:

    Currently i'm running 10.3.9 and i think i'm finally ready to go with Tiger. I want to do a clean install so how do i back iCal, Mail and Adresbook? Do i just copy the folders from Application Support? Or what's the trick...

    cheers
     
  2. Dafke thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dafke

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    please?
    i really tried to find it with searching but i didn't succeed...
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    It's been a while since I've used Panther but do Address Book and iCal have the Backup feature or something similar in their File menus? As for Mail, that should be a matter of just making a copy of the Mail folder in your user's Library folder and maybe copying com.apple.mail.plist in the Preferences folder to retain your account settings too. :)
     
  4. Dafke thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dafke

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    Thank you for your reply Mad Jew, i knew i could count on you :)

    Well Adress book seems to have this possiblity, to make a back up copy, but i can't find it for iCal. This article says iCal has it but that's about Tiger. Maybe it is enough to use the export function and later import it again? I just don't know if there will be any issues regarding the change from 10.3 to 10.4
    And for the Mail back up: after copying those files in 10.4 i will havew all my sent items, account setting etcetera? I only haved to copy the files and start up Mail?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, well maybe check out this Apple page, and this one too. It might be easier to make a copy of your Home directory and then you can import from there. You might have trouble with Mail since the file structure layout is different in Tiger. Having a full copy of your Home directory might help here. I think it'll be safer. :)
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I think (sorry not on a Mac right now) the iCal has a folder in ~Library/Application Support (or perhaps just ~/Library). Back that up and the com.apple.iCal.plist file for your preferences.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That folder is indeed in Application Support on my Tiger Mac. I just wonder how well it'll import into a Tiger machine from a Panther one though... That's why I think a full Home folder backup, if you have the space, might be beneficial. :)
     
  8. Dafke thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dafke

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    Great! Thank you guys, that was very helpfull. I will do the transition this weekend, doing preparations now. I'll post my experiences when i'm done.
     

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