My main Macbook's HD crashed, I need t recover Address book files or I'm dead tomorro

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  1. chuknorriss macrumors newbie

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    I'm running my Macbook 4,1 from and external LaCie 500 GB HD. In a way similar to what happened to the Snow Leopard users that were complaining about their HD crashing: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=841651&highlight=grey+bar%2C+start%2C+snow%2C
    and http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=794971&highlight=grey+bar%2C+start%2C+snow%2C

    My case is a particular one, apparently I can use Windows and external HDs but not my main one, the one in which My Address Book and all my contact's info are.

    I can access the damaged disk, I backed up all the info I mean everything including System and Lybrary folder. I was using SL on my damaged HD and the one I'm using run plain Leopard so I can´t access the Address book on the application folders I saved from doom. It says to me the architecture of the program differs from the one I can support.

    I know I should have backed up AB periodically, but I haven't since last year. I really need that contact list! how can I recover it into an .abbu file? Remember I have access to every file of my doomed HD, Also runs bootcamo

    I mean. This is like recover AB contacts after accidentally deleting them, the files must be somewhere in the regs on in the Library. I think...anyway I'm a n00b.

    Next time I just rely on an address book, A real, tangible one!!! or maybe try training in that ancient and mystical skill my ancestor called memorizing numbers,

    Thanks for your help and happy new year.
     
  2. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Why not install Snow Leopard on the external, then access your files (maybe by running Migration Assistant to recover files from the internal drive)?
     
  3. nOw2 macrumors regular

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    Try copying "/Users/xyz/Library/Application Support/AddressBook" to another account/Mac. That should allow you to open Address Book with your original data.
     
  4. chuknorriss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Noy so sure about it, cause I don't have another ExHD to backup the info while I install SL on this one, plus I want info about how AB works, cause I dont know if I'll be able to recover my contact list just by clicking on the AB icon that is located in the backup folder <applications, the one I rescued from the damaged internal Macbook disc> Maybe the info is in some reg or library folder ut, where to search?
     
  5. dbwie macrumors 6502

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    Do you have MoblieMe, an iPod, or an iPhone? You may have synced the contacts with any of these at some point?

    For future reference, you can make a backup of your address book by opening the application, going to File > Export > Address Book Archive.
     
  6. chuknorriss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ca you explain fiurther please, I'm a total n00b, where do I copy those? what other account mac? Please, I'm very thankful that you help me.
     

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