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Read Contacts from Backup

'Afternoon!

 

Does anyone know whether or not it's possible to backup your BlackBerry device using Desktop Manager, and then read that information from your computer?

 

For instance, is it possible to run a backup of your BlackBerry to your laptop, and then access your contacts on that laptop from the backup files?  Are backups open or encrypted?  Etc.

 

Thanks for your help!

Sincerely,

 

Grant R.

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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Hello,

Natively, the IPD files have one and only one purpose - to be used, by the RIM Desktop Software, to restore data to a BB. There is no other function intended.

That said, there have been 3rd party IPD file parsers created that others have used. Amber something or other comes to mind. I've never had cause to use them, so have no other information for you. Search and you may find.

But...what is the intent? If it's to manipulate the data somehow, then why not simply synchronize with a compatible desktop PIM (e.g., Outlook)?

Good luck!



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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Thanks sdgardne!

 

The purpose of my question was regarding a situation during a phone change (moving from an existing phone to a new phone) where a restore either fails or isn't possible.

 

For example, you backup your BlackBerry.  Then let's say you drop it in a lake.  Then you aquire a new phone (a new BlackBerry that fails to restore contacts for some reason, or a non-BlackBerry device).  If that backup can't be accessed manually.... if you can't see or access the data on your computer... then it turns out to be quite a useless backup.

 

I had a client lose all his contacts recently even though he had been regularly backing up his BlackBerry.  I'm having a hard time explaining why he can't even see his backed-up phone numbers to re-enter them on his new phone.  I believe RIM should take a look at this situation.  I don't believe it to be super-common, but I also know that it isn't ultra-rare. 

 

Thanks again for the feedback!  I'll look into some parsers when I can.

 

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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Truly, the best answer (from many perspectives, and IMHO) is for users to keep their master PIM data in a compatible desktop app (e.g., Outlook) and use the RIM Desktop Software to synchronize between the PIM and the BB. That way, both situations you mention (restoring to either a new BB or a non-BB) would be fully enabled without the use of the IPD file at all (though I DO NOT advocate skipping the backup process...there are a lot more databases on a BB than just those contained in the desktop PIM...and the backup process includes those as well).

Good luck!



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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Agreed.  Thanks again,

 

Grant R.

www.netsolutionsteam.com

 

 

 

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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Grant: I have written a Windows, Excel macro to do exactly what you are looking for. It reads any IPD file, parses it, and produces text files / reports in various formats based on the DBs detected on the input IPD. I currently can produce data from the Address Book DB (contacts), SMS Messages DB, Memos DB, and Phone Call Log DB. Data from Calendar DB and Messages DB is still work-in-progress. Send me a private message with your email address and I will send the macro to you. It is fully documented. As a reminder, it runs on Windows and Excel. My services are free to you ... rapanui21 Mike
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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Is there any way I can get access to that program?  I have a 8130 pearl with disconnected service from Verizon. I had to switch to a much cheaper service & phone when I lost my job.  I kept putting off transfering the data (manually) from  the phone.  One day the screen stopped working and the battery stopped charging.  I have a backup.  I was hoping to be able to at least read the address book.  Also had some really important MEMO/NOTEBOOK files.

 

Hope you can help...

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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

Dear Flugel2: I am sorry to hear about your misfortunes. The IPD Parse macro (and documentation) can be downloaded from https://sites.google.com/site/ipdparse. Macro runs on Windows and Excel. Produces text files / reports for several IPD DBs including Address Book DB (contacts) and Memos.DB. All my services are free. I would appreciate your feedback. If you have comments, questions, suggestions, or have additional requirements, please let me know. rapanui21. Mike
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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

I would like to be able to see the contacts I've got stored in my phone on my laptop. I use Open Office rather than Microsoft so I don't have Outlook on my laptop. I use gmail for my emails. So where can I syncrhonise my contacts details to in a form where I can read it, if for example my phone gets stolen and I haven't got another phone yet to transfer the data to?

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Re: Read Contacts from Backup

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hi, i am in a position where my blackberry has gone back to my ex employers, and now I can't read the backed up data on my laptop. May I ask for a copy of your macro please ? many thanks. <Personal Content Removed>  cheers, Brian.