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How to backup your Blackberry

Posted by freeappsblackberry on November 22, 2009

Hi BB Users,

Backup is one of the most important step that you have to do regularly.

With a BlackBerry, you can use the Backup and Restore tool in Desktop Manager to save files from your BlackBerry device to your computer or to restore saved files to your device. UITS recommends backing up your data before updating your BlackBerry’s software.

Besides providing data protection, backing up also allows you to edit your Address Book and text files using your desktop computer rather than your device.

The Backup and Restore tool allows you to make full backups or selective backups, in which you select which databases on your device to back up. Similarly, you can choose to restore a backup completely or selectively restore only some databases. Additionally, you can configure an automatic backup.

On this page:

  • Full backup 
  • Selective backup
  • Full restore
  • Selective restore
  • Automatic restore

 Full backup

To make a full backup of your BlackBerry on your computer:

  1. Cradle your device. If you have a password enabled, enter it so your device will connect to the desktop.
  1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click the Backup and Restore icon to bring up the Backup and Restore dialog box.
  2. If you wish to back up everything on your handheld, click Backup... . The default filename format is Backup-(today's date).ipd, for example, Backup-(2008-01-23).ipd. If you create more than one full backup in a day, an incrementing number will be inserted after the date. Select the desired filename and location, and then click Save.

 Selective backup

To create a selective backup:

  1. Cradle your device. If you have a password enabled, enter it so your device will connect to the desktop.
  1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click the Backup and Restore icon to bring up the Backup and Restore dialog box.
  2. Click Advanced... . In the Backup/Restore dialog box that appears, you can select individual databases to back up from your BlackBerry by selecting them in the “Handheld Databases” box on the right and then clicking the left arrow button to copy them to the “Desktop File Databases” box on the left.
  3. You can also use the Backup/Restore dialog box to edit your Address Book on your desktop computer.  Once you have selected all the databases to back up, from the File menu, select Save or Save As... to save them to an .ipd backup file.

 Full restore

To fully restore a backup:

  1. Cradle your device. If you have a password enabled, enter it so your device will connect to the desktop.
  1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click the Backup and Restore icon to bring up the Backup and Restore dialog box.
  2. Click Restore. In the Select file for Full Restore dialog box, find your backup file and select it. Click Open.
  3. Before restoring the backup, you should see a warning that the backup will overwrite the information currently stored in the listed databases on your device. Click Yes to continue.

 Selective restore

To selectively restore some databases from a backup file:

  1. Cradle your device. If you have a password enabled, enter it so your device will connect to the desktop.
  1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click the Backup and Restore icon to bring up the Backup and Restore dialog box.
  2. Click Advanced... . From the File menu, select Open... . In the Open dialog box, find your backup file and select it. Click Open.
  3. You can select individual databases to restore from your backup file to your BlackBerry by selecting them in the “Desktop File Databases” box on the left and then clicking the right arrow button to copy them to the “Handheld Databases” box on the right. Each time you restore a database that is present on your device, you will be prompted to confirm that you want to overwrite the device version. Click Yes.

 Automatic backup

To configure your desktop to automatically back up your device on a regular schedule:

  1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and click Backup and Restore. In the Backup and Restore dialog box, click Options... .
  2. In the Backup and Restore Options dialog box, check Automatically backup my handheld every 7 days. In the text box, replace 7 with the number of days you want to wait between automatic backups.
  3. Under “When automatically backing up my handheld:”, select whether to back up all handheld data or to back up all but certain kinds of data. You can choose to not back up email and/or data that will be synchronized using desktop PIM applications, such as your Calendar and Tasks.
  4. Click OK. Your BlackBerry device will be backed up automatically when you plug it into the cradle according to the schedule you specified.

Automatic backup with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1

Using BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 4.1, limited backup and restore functions are performed by the BES server on a scheduled basis to ensure that your settings are preserved in case your device is lost or fails. This functionality, which is enabled by default and controlled by the BES, allows backups of device settings (e.g., icon positions, font settings, browser bookmarks). This backup process is limited and does not back up third-party applications, pictures, or mail messages on the device. To ensure that all data on the handheld is backed up to the desktop, UITS recommends that you continue backing up your device via the cradle.

Here is some guidelines to do backup.

BACKUP YOUR BLACKBERRY NEW OS VERSION :

STEP 1

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  • Run the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  • Connect your BlackBerry to your computer 

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  • Wait for it to recognize your BlackBerry and then click on “Backup and Restore”.

STEP 2

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  • In this window you have three options, Backup, Restore and Advanced. For this section we will work with the Backup option.

STEP 3

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  • Underneath the Backup option you will see “Options” and “Backup”.
  • First click on Options and make sure everything is how you want it.
  • I would recommend the settings seen in the above screenshot, but it’s up to you how you want to handle your backups.
  • The “Encryption” option allows you to make your backups more secure.
  • Once you are done selecting your options click OK and then click Backup.

STEP 4

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  • In this screen you will be able to specify a file name for your Backup. By default the file name is Backup-(date).
  • Once you have selected your file name (or left it as default) click on Save.

STEP 5

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  • Your backup will now be created.
  • You can keep an eye on the transfer progress to make sure what you want to have backed up is actually being backed up.

Now that you have a backup, you can use it to restore your BlackBerry whenever something goes wrong. Here’s how…

RESTORE YOUR BLACKBERRY

STEP 1

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  • With Desktop Manager running and your BlackBerry connected, click on Backup and Restore.

STEP 2

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  • In this screen click on Restore

STEP 3

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  • Now you can select the Backup file you would like to restore on your BlackBerry.
  • Once you select a file click Open.
  • You may be asked if you want to replace the databases currently on your BlackBerry with the one’s in the backup. Make sure this is what you want, and then continue.
  • The backup file you selected will now be restored on your BlackBerry. This process usually takes longer than making a backup.
  • When restoring a file you can follow the progress just like the backup progress to make sure the restoration includes what you want.

Note: It is recommended that you backup/restore databases to similar BlackBerry models. For example, from one 8100 to another 8100. To properly transfer data from one BlackBerry to another, like from an 8100 to an 8900, you should use the “Device Switch Wizard”.

Sometimes you may run into problems when backing up your BlackBerry, like a corrupt database. Or maybe you want to only backup and restore your address book. For example, I regularly wipe my BlackBerry. I use the advanced backup/restore option to only backup certain things. Afterwords I wipe it, and then restore those specific databases to my BlackBerry instead of a whole restoration. Here’s how…

ADVANCED BACKUP AND RESTORE

STEP 1

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  • With Desktop Manager running and your BlackBerry connected, click on Backup and Restore.

STEP 2

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  • Now click on Advanced

STEP 3

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  • In this screen you will be able to backup/restore specific databases, in addition to clearing databases.
  • Let’s say you want to clear multiple databases that aren’t consecutively listed. To do this hold down the “Control” button and click on the databases you want to backup. This will allow you to select more than one. You can also backup databases in the same way or one-by-one.
  • Clearing databases through Desktop Manager is a faster way of clearing up memory on your BlackBerry. For example, instead of having to delete all messages, clear browser history or clear your call log one at a time you can clear all of them at once by selecting those databases and then clicking on Clear.
  • Clearing a database removes all the data within that database from your BlackBerry, so make sure this is what you want if you choose to do it.
  • Once you have selected the databases you want backed up click on the “<<” button in the middle to move it/them over to the left box. By moving them over, you are backing them up.

STEP 4

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  • As you can see in the screenshot above, I have chosen to backup my address book, messages and SMS messages.
  • As long as the Desktop Manager is kept open the databases will remain in the left box, even if you disconnect your BlackBerry.
  • This is useful if you want to wipe your BlackBerry and then restore certain databases, or if you want to backup/restore certain databases to another BlackBerry.
  • This is also useful if you are having trouble doing a regular backup and are getting a corrupt database error. If you do not know which database is corrupt, chances are it is the one where the transfer progress fails.
    • Once you have identified which database is corrupt, select every other database in the Advanced Backup/Restore screen and move them over by clicking the “<<” button in the middle. After that you should wipe your BlackBerry to get rid of the corrupt database. Keep in mind that you have already backed up the databases that aren’t corrupt. Continue with the guide below…
  • After you have wiped your BlackBerry, re-connect it. If you are restoring a database on another BlackBerry connect that one.
  • To begin restoring the database to the BlackBerry select the database(s) from the left and then click the “>>” button.

That’s it! Hope you found this guide useful. Always make backups, you never know when something will go wrong.

How to Backup old OS version :

1. Make sure your Blackberry is connected to your computer via the USB cable.

2. Open RIM’s Desktop Manager. If you do not have the program you can install it from your Blackberry CD or download it from Blackberry.com3. Backup and Restore.

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4. Click on “Backup” to do a full backup. All files are saved as .ipd.

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b) To perform a selective backup hit “Advanced” and select which files you would like to save.

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To Restore:

1. Make sure your Blackberry is connected to your computer via the USB cable.

2. Open RIM’s Desktop Manager. If you do not have the program you can install it from your Blackberry CD or download it from Blackberry.com3. Backup and Restore.

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4. Restore and select the file you would like to restore.

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* Note: To set automatic backups hit the “Options” button and you can specify how many days Desktop Manager will automatically backup your handheld.

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