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Registered: ‎04-20-2010
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

Tried delete the "PC Recipe Box" app and it still didn't work for me.

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Registered: ‎04-19-2011
My Device: BlackBerry Z10 + Z30 + Playbook 64
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

I have PC Recipe Box on my tablet and I can backup my Playbook every few days no problem

Using the Playbook and the Z10 and the Z30 and loving them

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Registered: ‎12-08-2010
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

There may be more than one app causing the problem, so deleting only Recipe Box may not be enough.


I've heard the problem may involve apps with many files, perhaps causing a timeout of some kind.  If you're still having the problem, consider whether any of your still-installed apps are ones which may include or download literally thousands of files.  If you have any like that (they're not that common... most apps have a few hundred at most, usually only a dozen) consider deleting it, do the restart and/or delay mentioned in this or other threads that mention Recipe Box, and try the backup again.

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
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Registered: ‎05-18-2009
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

omfg, I have this problem and that app too.


you have to wonder, after so many people complained and I know deviecs were sent back for repair (I followed the threads) why did RIM not do their due diligence and perform a debug on a unit?


well, I suppose they have bigger things to worry about than keeping customers happy.  Thanks for the fix Brian.

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Registered: ‎05-18-2009
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

Finally got a clean PlayBook.

Here are some "general" suggestions. I have to warn you this is a complete PITA. I had to remove over 230 applications to make this work.

#1) Other: Save No App Data (Gave Saves), but Quickly Resolve the Issue


  1. Backup your Media files (custom backup): How to back up your BlackBerry PlayBook — and why I
  2. Backup your Settings (custom backup): How to back up your BlackBerry PlayBook — and why I
  3. Perform a secure wipe of your PB: KB27188-How to perform a security wipe on a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
  4. Reload your Media and Settings
  5. Take a few backups to make sure its working

#2) Other: Potential Quick Fix


  1. Delete PC Recipe App and all other Recipe Apps
  2. Delete all Weather Apps especially WeatherEye HD
  3. Delete all News Apps
  4. Delete all GPS Apps
  5. Delete any suspicious apps or apps with many files
  6. Verify Backup is working. Depending on the potential error, see below.

#3) Quick Failure: Immediate PlayBook Backup Failure, Keeping your Data

This failure usually occurs at 100 bytes. It happens frequently. This failure is likely an OS corruption of some kind or timeout reading some file. It happens about 4 out of 5 times. But it works 1 out of 5 times. It can also be caused by sideloading the Android 1 player onto your PB as it prevents backups by some strange corruption to the file system.


  1. Turn off wifi sharing
  2. Turn off file sharing
  3. Connect via USB
  4. Ensure your cable is your PB usb cable not a phone usb cable
  5. Perform a backup of Media (will likely succeed)
  6. Perform a backup of Settings (will likely succeed)
  7. Perform a backup of Apps (this will fail 3-4 times out of 5, but will eventually work)


  1. Once you have a partial working Backup, take one more of the entire system.
  2. Wipe your PB and load the Backup

#4) Partial Failure: Part way through backup your backup fails, Keeping your Data

This is believed to be caused by a faulty application installation. The apps vary widely from PC Recipes, to Weather apps, to News apps. But I've developed a "method" for identifying this.


  1. If you have MANY applications, delete all the small applications you do not use
  2. Avoid applications with a large number of files
  3. Any application that generated an Error 0008 and stayed installed needs to be removed
  4. Any application that has MORE than one icon (check all your folders) has been incorrectly installed. Remove these by holding on the icon and pressing Delete
  5. Any application listed in AppWorld (turn off wifi to have an easier time deleting from AppWorld) that does not exist in any folder, is also going to cause the failure. Delete any apps missing from your Dock from within AppWorld.
  6. Any application listed in a Dock that is not listed in AppWorld (again trust me, turn off wifi) is going to cause the failure. Delete the stray application from the dock.


  1. Once you have a full and proper backup, do a secure wipe of your PlayBook
  2. Reload your Backups
  3. Make two more Backup attempts to ensure it was successful



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Registered: ‎11-28-2011
My Device: PlayBook 32 & 64 GB & Torch 9860, Z30
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

Flogging a Dead Horse
I know this is a well aged topic that still causes a lot of grief. I have two PlayBooks, a 64 GB and a newer (to me anyway) 32 GB. The only time I could successfully get a complete backup on the 64 was right after a Security Wipe. After a few days, it is back to normal, which is a successful backup of everything except Application Data. Another irritation of the 64 was that it would connect to a TV via HDMI for only a few minutes and then it would disconnect. Other than those two problems, the 64 still runs great after 3.5 years. I still use it every day while the Laptop gathers dust.
I have spent countless hours trying to get the 64 to back up successfully. I have tried every suggestion I have read about in this forum as well as CrackBerry without success. I have stood on my head with my legs crossed, it made no difference.
Now that I have a newer 32 GB PlayBook, it backs up successfully all the time using the same cables as I used for the 64. The 32 also connects to a TV successfully via HDMI all the time and for long periods of time without a problem.
Both devices have the same OS, use the same cables. On the 32, it makes no difference whether the WiFi is on or off. It makes no difference which apps are installed or not installed. There is no problem with the DM.
I am beginning to think the problem lies in the HDMI system, not in badly written Apps. Something in the HDMI system causes the backup to fail. Mine always fails at the 70% area in Application Data only.
Anyone like to flog this dead horse again?
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Registered: ‎05-18-2009
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Re: Playbook will not Back up!

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Based on my experience, the failure is due to permissions being messed up internally on files. But it is possible there are other reasons... it seems to me blink errors internally trying to copy the file and a lack of interest from BBRY means they never cared to investigate or resolve it...


Wish you luck! Something is stopping the copy action at 70 percent and can only be fixed by BBRY.