I recently had to change my primary laptop computer because of a hard drive crash, and thankfully I was able to move and backup all my data before disaster struck. However, I neglected to make a backup of my Home folder – Library – Application Support – iWeb directory (as an archive) and therefore have not been able to add to my existing iWeb enhanced podcasts and video podcasts. This is somewhat problematic since now, even as I republish those podcasts, the links will change and be different– so I (and possibility others) who have linked to those pages will now have some broken links.

For future reference, it is important to make a backup of your local hard drive iWeb folder so you can move it to a different computer. Also, Apple does NOT recommend publishing to the same .Mac account with iWeb from multiple computers. I was able to copy my previously posted iWeb podcasts from my iWeb folder (in the Web folder – Sites folder – iWeb folder) and republish these, but it would have been a lot easier if I had known to backup my local iWeb resources as described in this Apple iWeb support article.

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One Response to iWeb and switching computers

  1. I, too, have had a pretty major hard disk crash on my PowerBook. Is it something catching? I had more trouble getting a backup and have lost some stuff. I’ve still not had time to get the PowerBook off for repair / replacement. I’m amazed at just how many Library files and App Support folders there can be to make one file work. Surely there’s a better way for the mac to package everything together?!

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