How to backup your MobileMe Data before the iCloud launch.

You’re walking down the street, you see a crowd of people staring up and pointing and you wonder what could possibly be so fascinating. You reach the group and stare into the same direction to see…

The iCloud approaches.

As we get closer and closer to the official launch of iCloud, Apple’s overhaul of their MobileMe service, users of their current syncing service need to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. When Apple made the switch from “Dot” Mac to MobileMe, well… Let’s just say it wasn’t their finest hour. Users lost tremendous amounts of data, personal information went anywhere and everywhere and many people had important things like their contacts simply be dropped into internet oblivion.

I’m personally assuming that Apple has learned from this mistake and will be much better prepared for this migration coming up in a few weeks or possibly even just a few days. No official date has been set other than the rumor that Apple will be making a change to their iCloud backups on September 22nd.

Although I assume everything will be fine, MobileMe users now store more than ever in Apple’s cloud-based solution and need to be prepared in case something happens during this transition.

Here’s what I’d recommend for MobileMe users. Follow these steps and you should have everything you need if the worst should happen.

Backup your Contacts & Calendars from Address Book & iCal.
1. Open Address Book
2. Click File in the Menu Bar followed by Export > Address Book Archive.
3. Save the file to your desired folder or create a new one for your MobileMe Backup Data.
4. Repeat the same process for iCal.

Note: If anything did happen during the transition to iCloud from MobileMe and data was lost, your backup would only restore things are recently as you backed them up. For example, if you do this now and then spend the next two days reorganizing and adding tons of contacts to your Address Book, you’d want to run another backup.

Backup your Safari Bookmarks.
1. Open Safari
2. Choose File in the Menu Bar followed by Export Bookmarks
3. Save to your desired folder or create a new folder for MobileMe Backup Data.

Backup your MobileMe Email
There are several ways to accomplish this so this will show the easiest. I assume you’re using the Apple Mail Application.
Option A: If you’re using Time Machine for your Mac, make sure it has an up-to-date backup of your computer and your email will be included.
Option B: If you don’t have Time Machine:
1. Open Apple Mail
2. Select any folder associated under the “MobileMe” area in the sidebar that contains messages . Select multiple folders by holding the Command key when clicking on a folder. If they’re all in one row, you can click the first folder then hold Shift when you click the last folder to select everything in between.
3. Once all folders you’d like to save are selected, Click “Mailbox” in the Menu Bar, then “Export Mailboxes”.
4. Choose the folder you’d like to save these in.
NOTE: May take a few different repetitions to get everything. Be sure to check your “Notes” area and back that up as well.

Backup your iDisk
Option A: If you’re using iDisk Syncing, simply run your Time Machine Backup to have those items included.
Option B: If you’re not using iDisk Syncing or don’t have Time Machine
1. Open a new Finder Window
2. Scroll to your iDisk listed in the Sidebar.
3. Drag any folder that contains important documents or data into a new folder on your Desktop or your chosen location. The goal is to make a copy of these folders that lives locally on your Mac. You may also choose to drag all folders and worry about the contents later. If you don’t use your iDisk, you don’t need to worry about this process.

It’s also important to know that as of right now, it looks like Apple will be discontinuing the use of MobileMe for web hosting with iWeb (iWeb is already no longer available) so you’ll need to look at new options for your blog or personal site. Email to talk about your options and to get help making the transition.

Once you’ve completed these different individual backups, you should be safe even in the even of an iCloudpocalypse. Like I said… I don’t expect any issues but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I hope this article is what let’s you be safe during this transition.

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