Every time I try to use the backup, all the contacts disappear as soon as I connect to the internet and the exported backup seems to always be empty even if the contacts book was not at the time of the export. What I have done up to now: 1. opened my backup image 2. Copied the contents of ~/library/ApplicationSupport/AddressBook to a folder on the desktop 3. Deleted the contents of the same file in the current install, emptied the trash, and pasted the files from the image 4. opened contacts -all contacts are there 5. Exported the contents 6. connected to the internet 7. Everything is gone again!! I have a MacPro and an iPhone 4s. The MP is in one place and I am in another so I can't turn it off but the phone is currently turned off. This would work if it weren't for the constant erasing. Worse case scenario, I would have to upload individual vcards to icloud as it will not take the exported file (which oddly enough, shows over 2mb of contents) anyone have any ideas as to how to prevent icloud from erasing everything?