Import Address book from Tiger into Snow Leopard Address book?

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I have a case with a backup set from a Mac running Tiger, containing the folder "Address Book" found in User>Library>Application Support.
The computer is no longer alive, so a better export is not possible.

The folder contains files:
- Addressbook.abcddb
- Configuration.plist
- MailRecents-v4.abcdmr

and folders:
- Images
- Metadata
- Sources

I need to import these contacts into the address book on a Snow Leopard, but the import functions don`t allow import from this format. Copy did not do the trick.

How do I get these contacts imported?
Is it possible to import them somewhere else and then further into SL Address Book?
Question by:realfoh
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    Accepted Solution

    According to several threads I read, you should be able to just copy the file from user>Library>Application Support>Address Book to the same location in 10.6.

    If that doesn't work (and you said it doesn't), try copying just the address book file.  If that doesn't do it, copy over the .plist file, too, but not the others.
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    Expert Comment

    I am not at my Mac at the moment, but suggest you look to see if there is an Import function in one of the Address Book menues.

    Otherwise try Migration Assistant found in the Utilities folder will allow you to import the address book.
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    Expert Comment

    If you use Migration Assistant, you will need to connect your old hard drive to the new Mac externally.  MA allows you to chose either from another Mac in Firewire mode or an external drive (either Time Machine or a boot drive).
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    Expert Comment

    If you have access to another machine running Tiger then you could possibly import it to that and then export again for use with SL.

    From Tiger to SL is a big jump so Its not going to work I am afraid

    Author Closing Comment

    .plist copy solved the problem :)

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