Lost EVERYTHING on iCal because of syncing...

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by martymartin, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. martymartin macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    Okay, so i officially am PISSED with Apple. And this comes from someone who owns 4 macs, an iPhone, 2 iPods and an AppleTV and has converted nearly everyone in his entourage to mac.

    So I typically use Microsoft Entourage for my calendar, and have it sync automatically back and forth with iCal. Only problem I have had with this is that it lumps all of my categories from Entourage into one category when it goes into iCal. I HATE this, but I don't think it's Apple's fault, so we'll leave that for another forum.

    Well, I finally got my .mac account "upgraded" to MobileMe, which I was really excited about because I THOUGHT everything would be PUSHED back and forth instantly between computers; hence, no data mixups or errors.

    WRONG. First issue I encountered was that instead of things instantly propagating/updating, I get a bunch of damn warning windows that pop up asking me which versions of iCal updates or contacts I want to keep, despite the fact that they are all identical. For example, it will show a version from my MobileMe calendar and iCal and ask me to click which one I want to keep. They're the same! So when I think things are syncing properly, I come back to my computer and everything is stuck waiting for me to click a dozen buttons. Not to mention, when I make a change to one calendar, rarely does it even move over to MobileMe and actually make it to another calendar. So I end up having to update on each respective computer separately. C'mon!

    Then, I experienced the BIG MISTAKE as I like to call it. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I assume it went something like this. I had my Entourage calendar set up to go back and forth with iCal and had about 4 years worth of events saved up. Somehow upon syncing, MobileMe only kept events created in iCal (which was VERY few), then updated my Entourage calendar accordingly, wiping everything clean! No way to retrieve any of my lost info!

    I thought this PUSH thing would resolve such issues and simply cut out this SYNC bullcrap that requires fine-tooth combing to make sure you don't lose something when trying to correctly update contacts and calendars. Which reminds me, I also lost my contacts which of course so beautifully PUSHED its way to my iPhone.
  2. TXCraig macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Your not the only one. I lost hundreds of calendar items from my work's outlook calendar yesterday.. I was real dumb to try to sync it... all you can do is take a deep breath and reboot!
  3. jynx macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    My contacts got deleted twice. Seems the only time push works really well is when it's deleting your information.
  4. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    Didn't start with MobileMe

    Unfortunately this issue didn't start with MobileMe. While the transition to MobileMe work relatively smoothly (except a few Outlook problems) I had a similar experience before. .Mac deleted my entire adress book twice during sync. :mad:
    Now I back up my adress book and ical every few days with Backup 3. Saved me a lot of trouble when .Mac deleted my adress book the second time.
  5. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    I back up anything I attempt to add or subtract.

    I synced my Mac with my iPhone last nite to pick up a few new podcasts. Found out all of my calendar events and contacts are GONE!! After playing around, I was able to get them back, but not before messages that my mobile me password had changed and some other strange warnings.

    I'm basically back to square 1 as I was last week pre-Mobile Me (MM). The concepts sound good, but my huge concern is the battery life issue. Yikes did it chew it up with MM working. Guess I'm lucky that I don't travel much so I don't really need MM every day. I can really see the benefit for people who would use MM for business and to obtain e-mails, etc when they're at Disney World without a computer<g>.

    Personally, I think all of this will work, but not Apple-Easy as we've known it. Things seem to be "hidden" in the phone, mac, MM etc. I think Apple needs to put all the controls in ONE place so we can turn on and turn off MM, pushing, shoving, etc.


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