RIM BlackBerry How To: Back Up and Restore

Backing up the information on

your BlackBerry regularly can

be the difference between

a minor headache--temporarily

missing contacts--and

a full-blown catastrophe


deleted personal data.

Follow these four simple

steps and avoid

the later scenario.

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CIO — Anyone who has ever
experienced the pain of losing
all the data on a PC or
handheld intimately knows
the value of backing up
personal information, whether
it's an iTunes music collection,
digital photo album
or address book.

This can be easier said
than done, but BlackBerry users
are in luck: The handheld data backup
and restore process for
Research In Motion (RIM)
smartphones couldn't be simpler
when you use the BlackBerry
Desktop Manager software,
which ships with every
new RIM device.

Our previous BlackBerry tips

of week included list of our

favorite BlackBerry downloads--

free, open source and otherwise--

keyboard shortcuts for both novice

and expert BlackBerry users

and battery life advice, as well as

tips and tricks to help you

understand and optimize--even

expand--your RIM

smartphone's memory.

This week we'll demonstrate how

you can protect the valuable data

on your BlackBerry by backing it

up on your PC's hard drive--we'll

even show you how to

automatically backup your device

data in preset intervals.

To get started, all you'll need is

your BlackBerry device, the latest

version of RIM's BlackBerry

Desktop Manager, a Microsoft

Windows PC--the desktop

software's not currently available

to Mac users--and a USB cable

to link your mobile phone

and computer.

1) Download the Latest Version

of RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager

First, you'll want to download

the latest version of RIM's BlackBerry

Desktop Manager software, which

at the time of this article's time

of publication is v4.5.

To determine which version

of Desktop Manager you're

currently running, launch

the program via Windows

Start Menu by clicking

All Programs, BlackBerry and

Desktop Manager.

When the program's open, hit

the Help tab on the main screen

and then choose About BlackBerry

Desktop Manager.

The software version will be listed

on the General tab.

If you're not running Desktop

Manager v4.5, visit RIM's site

and download and install

the latest version of the software.

2) Launch Desktop Manager,

Connect Your BlackBerry and PC

Next, launch the desktop manager

software if you haven't already

done so. Follow the procedure

detailed above to open the program

if you didn't choose to create

a desktop shortcut upon installation.

When the program is running,

connect your BlackBerry device

to the PC via USB cord.

Close any dialogue boxes that

may appear when your BlackBerry

is connected, including

the desktop manager box that

informs you it's searching

for application updates.

Your BlackBerry should now

be connected to the software

and the word "Connected" should

appear in both the top and

bottom left corners of

the desktop manager screen.

If you're still not connected,

try unplugging the device

and inserting it into

another USB port.

3) Backup All or Some

of the Data on Your BlackBerry

Click on the Backup and Restore

icon in the top right corner of

the desktop manager

home screen. The following screen

should offer three

separate options: Backup, Restore

and Advanced.

To save all the personal data

stored in your BlackBerry's internal

memory, hit the Back up tab,

choose a name and location

for the file and hit Save.

The backup process should

take about a minute, and your

BlackBerry screen will display

a graphic of a connected handheld

and PC while it's in progress.

image of BlackBerry Desktop Manager transfer screen on handheld

You can also set your BlackBerry

Desktop Manager to automatically

backup device data in

preset intervals (5 days, 7 days,

14 days, etc.) whenever you launch

the program and connect

your smartphone and PC.

To do so, click the Options tab

beneath the Backup icon,

and on the following screen

fill in the box next to

Back up my device data

automatically every XX days.

Then choose the specific data

you want backed up.

For instance, you can opt

to back up all of

your device data, or all data

except messages and/or

data that's synced with

an organizer app.

When you've selected

the information you want

to copy, hit OK and then click

the Back up tab on

the main screen.

To further customize
the specific information you
wish to back up, click
the Advanced tab on
the main Backup and
You'll quickly see
a dialogue box that displays
the application's progress
scanning your device database,
and then a screen with
two columns appears: one column
on the left named Computer
and another on
the right titled Device Databases.
In the right column, select
the specific device data you
wish to backup and then
hit the left-facing arrow between
the columns to copy
the information from
the Device Databases side
to the Computer Databases.
Once you've transferred all
the data you wish to copy,
open the File dropdown
menu--located directly above
the Computer Databases
column--choose a name
for your backup file and
save it to your hard drive.

4) Restore Data to Your

BlackBerry Using

Desktop Manager Files

Restoring BlackBerry device data

using the desktop manager

software and backup files

created using the application

isn't difficult at all.

First, you'll want to locate

your backup files so they're

easy to find when you try

to restore data.

Next, launch the BlackBerry

Desktop Manager, click

the Backup and Restore icon

in the top right corner and

on the next screen,

and choose Restore.

Browse to the appropriate

backup file on your hard drive

and click Open.

You'll then be asked

to confirm that you wish

to replace all the existing data

on your device with

the information in

the backup file.

Hit Yes, and the desktop manager

starts restoring your data.

This can take several minutes

depending on the amount

of information in the file.

image of Computer Databases and Device Databases from BlackBerry Desktop Manager

Restoring only specific device data,

such as address book contacts

or custom AutoText entries,

is similar to the above-mentioned

process, but instead of hitting

Restore on the main Backup

and Restore screen,

click Advanced.

Then open the File dropdown

menu on the left--directly

above the Computer Databases

column--and open an existing

back up file.

Choose the specific data

you'd like to restore from

that file and click

the right-facing arrow

between the Computer

Databases and Device

Databases columns.

When the progress box

disappears, your data has

been restored and

you're good to go.

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