How do I backup Address book to a portable hard drive?

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  1. meanwire macrumors newbie

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    I just recently bought a LaCie 500GB Rikki portable hard drive. Anyways I'm trying to back up my Address Book to it. So I drag the Address Book to the hard drive thinking it would back up all my contacts. Went to test it on my wife's MacBook Pro, it just shows her contacts in there and not mine. What am I doing wrong?:confused:
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    What did you drag? The Address Book application? If so that doesn't contain the data. It's just the application. You Address Book data is in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/
     
  3. meanwire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I did drag just the application, I'll try your suggestion. Thanks!
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    OK, but don't just drag that from your external drive onto your wifes machines (in the same location): you'll wipe out her address book and she'll probably be upset.
     
  5. meanwire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do I drag over there the whole Address Folder or just the contents in there, if so which ones? Thanks!
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'd copy the whole lot if I wanted a backup. You can also get AddressBook to create an archive of your contacts to backup (which is somewhat easier and can be imported to another Address Book as a merge) via the File->Export->Address Book Archive... command which is what I think you should do.
     
  7. meanwire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm confused now? All I want to do is have a back up in the event I lose my Address Book.
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The export the archive to your external drive.
     
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  10. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I told you the exact menu command above. I'm not about to type it again.
     
  11. meanwire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, this all new to me. Now when I drag the whole folder over to the hard drive, and test it on my wife's MBP, it shows I have about 100 contacts. I have well over 300.
     
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  13. meanwire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :):):)
    Just wanted to say thanks to robbieduncun for your help.
    Did exactly what you said, now I have a backup, again thanks!
     

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