How to back up Mail, Address Book, and iCal?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shouldberunning, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. shouldberunning macrumors member

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    I would actually use these features, but knowing that I would get my MacBook back with a wiped hard drive If I ever have to send it in for repairs, makes me think it would just be a big hassle. Unless there was a way to back up all the info to a thumb drive or CD for later reinstall.

    Is this possible, and for free?

    TY
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

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    All of the data for the applications are store under: user->library

    Just copying the mail folder, iCal folder, etc... But, having a back-up of your entire computer is generally a good idea.
     
  3. theimacdude macrumors member

    theimacdude

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    I believe this is only possible with MobileMe.
    Just thought: Give Time Machine a go if you have an external HD - but I don't think Time Machine works.
    Edit: Looks like I'm wrong (above post)
     
  4. shouldberunning thread starter macrumors member

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  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

    iLog.Genius

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    Simple task. All three of those apps have export functions that will export all data to one file.
     
  6. shouldberunning thread starter macrumors member

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    D'oh! Thank you. I've only been using a Mac for 4 years. I still have much to learn. :)
     
  7. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    You can use Time Machine to browse through old Mail Messages and old Address Book contacts however I'm not sure about iCal. I KNOW you can with Mail and Address book, It works just as well as it does in the finder.
     

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