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Does Any Program Exist to Harvest Emails from Backups Created by BlackBerry Desktop Manager?

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I have switched from a BlackBerry Pearl to an iPhone, but I still have probably 40 backups, covering a period of two years, containing emails, some of them not duplicated in Outlook or Google mail.  I would like to harvest those emails from the backup files and move them directly into Outlook or Google.  I have wasted hours with Sprint (my provider) and BlackBerry support and the consensus is that BlackBerry/RIM doesn't make anything that will do the job.  Their suggested solution is to reactivate the BlackBerry (at my cost, of course), restore each backup in turn, and identify and forward the relevant emails to myself.  Because I'm not searching for a new hobby, that doesn't meet my definition of a solution.  Is there a software solution to this mess? 

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Re: Does Any Program Exist to Harvest Emails from Backups Created by BlackBerry Desktop Manager?

Hi and Welcome to the Community -- and apologies for the delayed reply!


There are apps to get you partway to what you desire...there are apps that will parse the backup files and present them in a human-readable format, from which you can then cut/paste whatever you desire. To my understanding there are free apps to do so for both the older (*.IPD) as well as newer (*.BBB) backup files...some google searching should provide what you need (e.g., search on "IPD Reader", etc.).


But, that indeed only get's you part of the way...I know of no app to do all that you are asking for (full automated harvesting). But at least you can know that the backup files can be read on your computer without the need to reactivate the device and restore the backups.


Good luck!

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