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Old 02-25-2007, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If I was to go on a short trip, maybe for a week, and brought only my Blackberry with me I am sure that I would be fine for almost all of my communications needs. However, I know that Blackberry devices only get NEW messages sent to them. If I buy a new BB device to replace the one that is damaged or lost How would I recover messages with important information on them that were sent during the week before? Is there a way to get these old messages back at all?

With my TyTN and every other Windows Mobile device I need only connect up with the Exchange server to have all of my Contacts, Calendar appointments, Tasks, and Emails synchronized back onto the device if this situation ever occurs. If I do not have an Exchange server to access I can use the backup from my memory card (if not lost/stolen) to restore to a new device. Is this possible with the new Blackberries like the Pearl and 8800 series?
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Saved all your contact and messages or email that you need to your sim card and transfer it to your new cell phone.
Old 02-25-2007, 11:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not really sure I understand your question. If you originally were able to sync your data, why do you think you won't be able to again with a new BB? The only issue I could see is if you had all your email deleted from your server, but that seems unlikely. So emails from the weeks past should still be on your server even though they're not on your BB. All your contacts, calendar, tasks, etc. are still on your server so when you get a new BB, you should just sync up and it'll all be there. Can you clarify...what do you think will be lost? For me, my BB is like a mirror image of my server. Should my BB fail, a new one will take it's place, but the server is still there with the data.

After re-reading your post I see you don't have a server. But still yet, you should have this data stored locally right? I know I have all my contacts, email, tasks, etc., available on my personal computer. With this, I can easily sync up my BB should disaster strike.

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Old 02-26-2007, 12:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a good point. Without a Blackberry server it will be possible to restore any emails that were backed up (via Desktop Manager) before you left on your trip. Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Tasks will get synchronized with the PC, so that is not an issue (unless you added more during your trip).

Any new emails that you received during your trip will be lost, if they were received on your Blackberry--though you would have them on your PC. The best you can do is to forward them to the Blackberry again.

No, you cannot use the memory cards as backup for this data
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You certainly can't use your SIM card to backup. Best best is to sync and/or backup before you go but there's not really a good way to restore email. Everything else will be covered with a sync and backup.
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