Data recovery on Windows mobile devices

In the last review, we considered the situation when restoring data on smartphones running Symbian 3rd Edition. It's time to compare backup and restore software for Windows Mobile devices. Looking ahead, I want to note that the situation with restoring data from a backup archive in communicators is much better. In addition to standard utilities for backing up and using synchronization functions using ActiveSync, many teams release specialized software just to create backups in case of a hard reboot of the device. They will be discussed in this article.

When restoring data from backups, the following requirements were imposed on the programs:

1. Correct recovery of PIM data
2. Recovery of personal correspondence and settings
3. Recovery of keys for registered programs
4. Ability to selectively save data in the archive
5. Possibility of selective data recovery from archive
6. Ability to create self-extracting archives

At the same time, the author did not set the task of exploring all the subtleties of the work of a particular program, but approached the assessment in a purely utilitarian way. That is, the user is not required to be an expert in the field of the operating system and the features of the functioning of a particular program. The maximum rating should be given to the program that is the most simple and easy to use. Naturally, other things being equal. The ability to recover data after a soft and hard reboot of the device was also evaluated. This option was introduced after one of the utilities described below was unable to access some files when restoring data without a hard reboot.

What is all this for

If everything is more or less clear with backing up personal data, quite often you need to transfer contacts from one device to another, then you may never encounter data recovery on a global scale during the entire time you use your communicator. This, of course, is about the most favorable case. An experienced user knows well what programs he constantly needs, and does not overload his mobile assistant with unnecessary software. Newbie is another matter. I know for myself that at the first stage of acquaintance with the communicator, I want to try everything. At the same time, it is completely unclear how the device will behave after installing the next program.Each of us more than once had to deal with a situation in which only a Hard Reset can restore the device to working capacity, accompanied by a completely understandable loss of all data, although in such a situation only programs installed in the communicator's memory completely disappear. Folders with programs on the memory card remain, but that's just not much use from them. Even after reinstallation, you will at least lose all the original settings. Therefore, smart heads have written appropriate software that allows you to take a snapshot of the entire content and save it to a separate file. With subsequent restoration.

It remains only to select applicants for testing. I have already mentioned standard utilities, however, they may not exist. With ActiveSync, too, everything is more or less clear, although I will say a few words about this program later. Therefore, full-featured versions of Spb Backup, Backup Manager, SK Tools and Sprite Backup programs acted as guinea pigs.

ActiveSync

  • Developed by Microsoft
  • Latest version is 4.5
  • Download site - www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/activesync/activesync45.mspx

The program allows you to synchronize personal data every time you connect your device to a PC. You can also save multimedia files to your PC. The type of data to be synchronized is marked in the corresponding checkbox. The program saves and shows the programs installed on the communicator and allows you to restore them in case of deletion. Like any basic software, it has an extremely limited area of ​​application. After repeated (unsuccessful) attempts to restore the pre-registered program by reinstalling, the program is used solely for synchronizing contacts and connecting the device to a desktop computer for taking screenshots and accessing the Internet. All other backup actions are performed using the programs listed above.

Spb Backup

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Current version is 1.6

The price of the program and the method of distribution have not changed. A fully functional version costs 300 rubles.

The program allows you to create self-extracting archives that can be password protected. The archive can include selective directories from the device memory and from memory cards.

Full saving means saving the entire contents of the device's memory in the archive. When saving data selectively, the archive can include favorite folders both from the main memory and from the card. When saving on a schedule, the program allows you to automatically create a backup at a specified time. Additional features include requesting a PIN code when restoring an archive and saving the recovery program separately. With it, you can select the desired archive to restore.

When creating a full copy, you must specify a location to save the archive. If desired, you can also specify the name of the archive, but it is generated automatically based on the current date. Then the program calculates the size of the archive, offers to terminate all processes and creates a backup copy (it can be protected with a password), after which it asks to reboot the communicator. Stopping processes and rebooting are desirable but not required options, they can be disabled in the settings.

Selectively saving data

This option allows you to include favorite folders from the phone memory and memory card into the archive. When one of the items is highlighted with the cursor, the settings button becomes active. Then, in a separate window, you can mark the necessary files and folders for inclusion in the archive copy.

Save by schedule

When creating a scheduled backup, you can specify the days on which the contents will be backed up, the location to store archives (by default \Storage Card\ Backups\) and the deletion of old archives. The number of stored archives is indicated by a numerical parameter, the oldest copy will be replaced with a new one. Then, just as with selective copying, folders and files for saving are specified. These settings will be valid for all subsequent saves.

Data recovery

You can restore data directly through any file manager by running the desired exe file. If you marked the creation of a recovery program, then after its launch, all saved copies of the system will be displayed on the device screen, from which you can select the one you need. With selective recovery, you can select the necessary files and folders from all those in the archive.

To view the contents of archives on a PC, the developers suggest using the free utility SpbBackupUnpack.exe, which allows you to extract the necessary files and folders from archives copied to your hard drive. When unpacking, all data from the saved archive is copied to the specified directory. The backup options do not provide for saving a copy when the battery is low, but for communicators running Windows Mobile 5.0 and older, this is not very critical, since all important data is stored in non-volatile memory.

Experience

To test recovery capabilities, a hard reset was performed on the device, the backup files were transferred to a PC, after which the memory card was formatted. Then the backup folder was returned to the memory card, and a system restore was performed from it.

The program coped successfully with everything listed in paragraphs 1-6 at the beginning of the review. Restoration of all types of data was completed completely. All contacts in the address book have been restored, all installed programs have saved their keys, all connection settings have been preserved.

The only fixed difference was the reordering of plugins on the Today screen. Spb Insight has moved up to second place from the top, taking the place of Spb Weather.

Thus, the first tested program made it possible to completely restore data on the communicator after a hard reset and formatting the memory card.

The second backup software tested was Backup Manager by Sunnysoft.

  • Developer site - www.sunnysoft.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Full version costs $20

Common properties when creating and restoring a backup are compressing archives, rebooting the device after creating a backup, creating self-extracting archives, stopping all processes before starting a system backup. You can also create encrypted copies, ignore files in use, work in the background and display confirmation before restarting and overwriting data.

The program has two backup modes. In the simplified mode, only a copy of the system is created from the device memory. Advanced mode allows you to select folders for saving, create copies on a schedule. In addition to scheduled backups, you can create a system backup when the battery is low.

Before starting the backup, the program prompts you to reboot the device. The progress of the backup is displayed after the reboot.

When restoring from the software interface, the screen displays all the backups available on the device, each with a size, storage location, and encryption mark. When restoring the system from the software interface, you can select the necessary folders and files. Restoration can also be carried out directly from a self-extracting archive. Previously, it is desirable to transfer it to a backup medium (for example, to a PC hard drive). From a self-extracting archive, all data is restored by default without a choice. After restoring data, the device must be rebooted.

Experience

When restoring an archive, you have to ignore requests to overwrite files used by the system. This practically does not affect the completeness of the recovery, but it indicates that the program is not able to independently stop all processes before restoring the system. To launch the data recovery program after a hard reset of the device, an executable program of the form Backup_2007_05_21.bkp.exe is used, while the backup itself is stored in the Backup_2007_05_21.bkp file. If there are several such files, then it is quite easy to get confused in them, they differ only in the date. Each backup file also has a corresponding log, which contains all the information about the backup.

There were no problems with data recovery either. PIM data, settings, messages and encrypted files are restored correctly. That is, this program completely coped with the task.

The lack of a Russian interface can be considered a disadvantage of the program for Russian-speaking users.

SK Tools

  • Developer - SKKV Software
  • Developer site - http://s-k-tools.com
  • The cost of the program is $12.99 (For Russian-speaking users, the cost of the program is $5)

SK Tools is a powerful set of utilities for configuring and optimizing the operation of communicators running WM. The backup utility included in the package is only one of the components of the program.

The utility allows you to copy registry data (full and selective), databases, PIM data, Pocket Outlook folders and perform a copy of the entire system. The concept of selective copying with a mark of the necessary data for saving is absent in this utility. If necessary, you will have to create multiple copies with different data types.

Program settings

Except for the lack of a convenient interface for selecting files and folders to include in the backup, the program has almost everything you need. For example, in the program settings you can specify the degree of file compression, set a password for the archive, schedule the creation of a copy on a schedule, but the interface itself is not among the convenient ones, especially for a novice user. In order to schedule a backup, you will have to manually mark the days, months, and years, and each date will have to be entered separately. Battery backup is provided, the minimum value is 25%.

Data from a backup can be restored completely or partially.

Experience

In general, the program also successfully copes with saving and restoring data. And if you do not need to create composite archives, then it is quite possible to use it. But if you want to include folders from the memory card in addition to system data, PIM, then it is better to use one of the programs listed above. Along the way, it turned out that the program creates backup copies with the *.asb extension, which matches the extension of the Secubox program used to create protected logical partitions. So if these programs on your communicator intersect, then there may be confusion with data recovery. The remaining features of the program will be considered separately, but here I want to emphasize that the backup program is clearly not for beginners.

Sprite Backup

  • Developer - Sprite Software
  • Developer site - www.spritesoftware.com
  • The latest version of the program is available for purchase only, there is no demo version. Program price – $29.95

The only major difference between the Sprite Backup program and those listed is the presence of a desktop client, with which you can save backups and restore from them directly to your PC. In all other respects, both in terms of capabilities and interface, the program is very similar to Sunnysoft's Backup manager on.

By default, all backups are saved to the \My documents\My Pocket PC Backups\ folder and this option cannot be changed. When trying to restore data from another folder, an error message is also displayed.

Due to the lack of a demo version, it is difficult to recommend this program for permanent use. There may well be errors in the operation of the program on a specific device, therefore, in order not to take risks, it is better to use one of the programs listed in the review above. At the same time, the program also successfully coped with the task of saving and restoring data from the memory of the communicator and the card.

Summing up...

Before drawing final conclusions, I would like to partially quote the email that came to my inbox after the review on data recovery on Symbian third edition smartphones.

Good afternoon Victor!
I read your article about "s60 backup oddities."
I dare to disagree.
Firstly, I personally had something similar on n71 on firmware 2, after flashing - everything is fine. And, as practice has shown, not only with me.
Second - in the screenshot of the programs "what's left after the restoration" - I mostly see java midlets (or am I wrong?).
So, show me at least one communicator for which "toads" work correctly after recovery? I personally saw the same rake on s100, s200, wizard'e and others.

Well, what can I say? Maybe I'm just unlucky. But on none of the tested smartphones (N80, N91, S60 third edition) it was not possible to completely restore the installed programs. At the same time, such recovery was carried out without problems on the previous version of the operating system (6600, 7610, 6630, etc.). As for Java, despite the presence of shortcuts in the menu, the applications also did not want to start.

As for backup, it is also unclean there, as in principle on a PC - depending on what you back up.

This is exactly what this review is about. All possible backup options have been selected, and almost all of them allow you to save not only Shoes in Ethiopia user data , but also programs with all settings and current updates.

The rest of the letter is more of a forum discussion, but I hope the message is clear. Information from communicators running WM 5.0 is saved and restored correctly after both soft and hard reboots. And almost any of the described programs. It's just a matter of personal preference and convenience.

At the same time, conflicts were found between the installed versions of the software. Sprite backup could not be installed on a system with pre-installed versions of other programs, the rest of the utilities did not conflict with each other.

All the operations performed were carried out within the same firmware of the communicator. If the firmware version is significantly changed or when moving from one system to another (WMSE2003-WM5.0-WM6.0), system data recovery is hardly possible due to significant differences in the kernel.

Data recovery on Windows mobile devices

In the last review, we considered the situation when restoring data on smartphones running Symbian 3rd Edition. It's time to compare backup and restore software for Windows Mobile devices. Looking ahead, I want to note that the situation with restoring data from a backup archive in communicators is much better. In addition to standard utilities for backing up and using synchronization functions using ActiveSync, many teams release specialized software just to create backups in case of a hard reboot of the device. They will be discussed in this article.

When restoring data from backups, the following requirements were imposed on the programs:

1. Correct recovery of PIM data
2. Recovery of personal correspondence and settings
3. Recovery of keys for registered programs
4. Ability to selectively save data in the archive
5. Possibility of selective data recovery from archive
6. Ability to create self-extracting archives

At the same time, the author did not set the task of exploring all the subtleties of the work of a particular program, but approached the assessment in a purely utilitarian way. That is, the user is not required to be an expert in the field of the operating system and the features of the functioning of a particular program. The maximum rating should be given to the program that is the most simple and easy to use. Naturally, other things being equal. The ability to recover data after a soft and hard reboot of the device was also evaluated. This option was introduced after one of the utilities described below was unable to access some files when restoring data without a hard reboot.

What is all this for

If everything is more or less clear with backing up personal data, quite often you need to transfer contacts from one device to another, then you may never encounter data recovery on a global scale during the entire time you use your communicator. This, of course, is about the most favorable case. An experienced user knows well what programs he constantly needs, and does not overload his mobile assistant with unnecessary software. Newbie is another matter. I know for myself that at the first stage of acquaintance with the communicator, I want to try everything. At the same time, it is completely unclear how the device will behave after installing the next program.Each of us more than once had to deal with a situation in which only a Hard Reset can restore the device to working capacity, accompanied by a completely understandable loss of all data, although in such a situation only programs installed in the communicator's memory completely disappear. Folders with programs on the memory card remain, but that's just not much use from them. Even after reinstallation, you will at least lose all the original settings. Therefore, smart heads have written appropriate software that allows you to take a snapshot of the entire content and save it to a separate file. With subsequent restoration.

It remains only to select applicants for testing. I have already mentioned standard utilities, however, they may not exist. With ActiveSync, too, everything is more or less clear, although I will say a few words about this program later. Therefore, full-featured versions of Spb Backup, Backup Manager, SK Tools and Sprite Backup programs acted as guinea pigs.

ActiveSync

  • Developed by Microsoft
  • Latest version is 4.5
  • Download site - www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/activesync/activesync45.mspx

The program allows you to synchronize personal data every time you connect your device to a PC. You can also save multimedia files to your PC. The type of data to be synchronized is marked in the corresponding checkbox. The program saves and shows the programs installed on the communicator and allows you to restore them in case of deletion. Like any basic software, it has an extremely limited area of ​​application. After repeated (unsuccessful) attempts to restore the pre-registered program by reinstalling, the program is used solely for synchronizing contacts and connecting the device to a desktop computer for taking screenshots and accessing the Internet. All other backup actions are performed using the programs listed above.

Spb Backup

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Current version is 1.6

The price of the program and the method of distribution have not changed. A fully functional version costs 300 rubles.

The program allows you to create self-extracting archives that can be password protected. The archive can include selective directories from the device memory and from memory cards.

Full backup means saving the entire contents of the device's memory in the archive. When saving data selectively, the archive can include favorite folders both from the main memory and from the card. When saving on a schedule, the program allows you to automatically create a backup at a specified time. Additional features include requesting a PIN code when restoring an archive and saving the recovery program separately. With it, you can select the desired archive to restore.

When creating a full copy, you must specify a location to save the archive. If desired, you can also specify the name of the archive, but it is generated automatically based on the current date. Then the program calculates the size of the archive, offers to terminate all processes and creates a backup copy (it can be protected with a password), after which it asks to reboot the communicator. Stopping processes and rebooting are desirable but not required options, they can be disabled in the settings.

Selectively saving data

This option allows you to include favorite folders from the phone memory and memory card into the archive. When one of the items is highlighted with the cursor, the settings button becomes active. Then, in a separate window, you can mark the necessary files and folders for inclusion in the archive copy.

Scheduled saving

When creating a scheduled backup, you can specify the days on which the contents will be backed up, the location to store the archives (by default \Storage Card\ Backups\) and the deletion of old archives. The number of stored archives is indicated by a numerical parameter, the oldest copy will be replaced with a new one. Then, just as with selective copying, you specify the folders and files to save. These settings will be valid for all subsequent saves.

Data recovery

You can restore data directly through any file manager by running the desired exe file. If you marked the creation of a recovery program, then after its launch, all saved copies of the system will be displayed on the device screen, from which you can select the one you need. With selective recovery, you can select the necessary files and folders from all those in the archive.

To view the contents of archives on a PC, the developers suggest using the free utility SpbBackupUnpack.exe, which allows you to extract the necessary files and folders from archives copied to your hard drive. When unpacking, all data from the saved archive is copied to the specified directory. The backup options do not provide for saving a copy when the battery is low, but for communicators running Windows Mobile 5.0 and older, this is not very critical, since all important data is stored in non-volatile memory.

Experience

To test recovery capabilities, a hard reset was performed on the device, the backup files were transferred to a PC, after which the memory card was formatted. Then the backup folder was returned to the memory card, and a system restore was performed from it.

The program coped successfully with everything listed in paragraphs 1-6 at the beginning of the review. Restoration of all types of data was completed completely. All contacts in the address book have been restored, all installed programs have saved their keys, all connection settings have been preserved.

The only fixed difference was the reordering of plugins on the Today screen. Spb Insight has moved up to second place from the top, taking the place of Spb Weather.

Thus, the first tested program made it possible to completely restore data on the communicator after a hard reset and formatting the memory card.

The second backup software tested was Backup Manager by Sunnysoft.

  • Developer site - www.sunnysoft.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Full version costs $20

Common properties when creating and restoring a backup are compressing archives, rebooting the device after creating a backup, creating self-extracting archives, stopping all processes before starting a system backup. You can also create encrypted copies, ignore files in use, work in the background and display confirmation before restarting and overwriting data.

The program has two backup modes. In the simplified mode, only a copy of the system is created from the device memory. Advanced mode allows you to select folders for saving, create copies on a schedule. In addition to scheduled backups, you can create a system backup when the battery is low.

Before starting the backup, the program prompts you to reboot the device. The progress of the backup is displayed after the reboot.

When restoring from the software interface, the screen displays all the backups available on the device, each with a size, storage location, and encryption mark. When restoring the system from the software interface, you can select the necessary folders and files. Restoration can also be carried out directly from a self-extracting archive. Previously, it is desirable to transfer it to a backup medium (for example, to a PC hard drive). From a self-extracting archive, all data is restored by default without a choice. After restoring data, the device must be rebooted.

Experience

When restoring an archive, you have to ignore requests to overwrite files used by the system. This practically does not affect the completeness of the recovery, but it indicates that the program is not able to independently stop all processes before restoring the system. To launch the data recovery program after a hard reset of the device, an executable program of the form Backup_2007_05_21.bkp.exe is used, while the backup itself is stored in the Backup_2007_05_21.bkp file. If there are several such files, then it is quite easy to get confused in them, they differ only in the date. Each backup file also has a corresponding log, which contains all the information about the backup.

There were no problems with data recovery either. PIM data, settings, messages and encrypted files are restored correctly. That is, this program completely coped with the task.

The lack of a Russian interface can be considered a disadvantage of the program for Russian-speaking users.

SK Tools

  • Developer - SKKV Software
  • Developer site - http://s-k-tools.com
  • The cost of the program is $12.99 (For Russian-speaking users, the cost of the program is $5)

SK Tools is a powerful set of utilities for configuring and optimizing the operation of communicators running WM. The backup utility included in the package is only one of the components of the program.

The utility allows you to copy registry data (full and selective), databases, PIM data, Pocket Outlook folders and perform a copy of the entire system. The concept of selective copying with a mark of the necessary data for saving is absent in this utility. If necessary, you will have to create multiple copies with different data types.

Program settings

Except for the lack of a convenient interface for selecting files and folders to include in the backup, the program has almost everything you need. For example, in the program settings you can specify the degree of file compression, set a password for the archive, schedule the creation of a copy on a schedule, but the interface itself is not among the convenient ones, especially for a novice user. In order to schedule a backup, you will have to manually mark the days, months, and years, and each date will have to be entered separately. Battery backup is provided, the minimum value is 25%.

Data from a backup can be restored completely or partially.

Experience

In general, the program also successfully copes with saving and restoring data. And if you do not need to create composite archives, then it is quite possible to use it. But if you want to include folders from the memory card in addition to system data, PIM, then it is better to use one of the programs listed above. Along the way, it turned out that the program creates backup copies with the *.asb extension, which matches the extension of the Secubox program used to create protected logical partitions. So if these programs on your communicator intersect, then there may be confusion with data recovery. The remaining features of the program will be considered separately, but here I want to emphasize that the backup program is clearly not for beginners.

Sprite Backup

  • Developer - Sprite Software
  • Developer site - www.spritesoftware.com
  • The latest version of the program is available for purchase only, there is no demo version. Program price – $29.95

Good afternoon Victor!
I read your article about "s60 backup oddities."
I dare to disagree.
Firstly, I personally had something similar on n71 on firmware 2, after flashing - everything is fine. And, as practice has shown, not only with me.
Second - in the screenshot of the programs "what's left after the restoration" - I mostly see java midlets (or am I wrong?).
So, show me at least one communicator for which "toads" work correctly after recovery? I personally saw the same rake on s100, s200, wizard'e and others.

Well, what can I say? Maybe I'm just unlucky. But on none of the tested smartphones (N80, N91, S60 third edition) it was not possible to completely restore the installed programs. At the same time, such recovery was carried out without problems on the previous version of the operating system (6600, 7610, 6630, etc.). As for Java, despite the presence of shortcuts in the menu, the applications also did not want to start.

As for backup, it is also unclean there, as in principle on a PC - depending on what you back up.

This is exactly what this review is about. All possible backup options have been selected, and almost all of them allow you to save not only Shoes in Ethiopia user data , but also programs with all settings and current updates.

The rest of the letter is more of a forum discussion, but I hope the message is clear. Information from communicators running WM 5.0 is saved and restored correctly after both soft and hard reboots. And almost any of the described programs. It's just a matter of personal preference and convenience.

At the same time, conflicts were found between the installed versions of the software. Sprite backup could not be installed on a system with pre-installed versions of other programs, the rest of the utilities did not conflict with each other.

All the operations performed were carried out within the same firmware of the communicator. If the firmware version is significantly changed or when moving from one system to another (WMSE2003-WM5.0-WM6.0), system data recovery is hardly possible due to significant differences in the kernel.

Data recovery on Windows mobile devices

In the last review, we considered the situation when restoring data on smartphones running Symbian 3rd edition. It's time to compare the software for creating backups and restoring data on communicators running Windows Mobile. Looking ahead, I want to note that the situation with restoring data from a backup archive in communicators is much better. In addition to standard utilities for backing up and using synchronization functions using ActiveSync, many teams release specialized software just to create backups in case of a hard reboot of the device. They will be discussed in this article.

When restoring data from backups, the following requirements were imposed on the programs:

1. Correct recovery of PIM data
2. Restoring personal correspondence and settings
3. Recovery of keys for registered programs
4. Ability to selectively save data in the archive
5. Ability to selectively restore data from an archive
6. Ability to create self-extracting archives

At the same time, the author did not set the task of exploring all the subtleties of the work of a particular program, but approached the assessment in a purely utilitarian way. That is, the user is not required to be an expert in the field of the operating system and the features of the functioning of a particular program. The program that is the simplest and most convenient to use should receive the maximum rating. Naturally, other things being equal. The ability to recover data after a soft and hard reboot of the device was also evaluated. This option was introduced after one of the utilities described below was unable to access some files when restoring data without a hard reboot.

What is all this for

If everything is more or less clear with backing up personal data, quite often you need to transfer contacts from one device to another, then you may never encounter data recovery on a global scale during the entire time you use your communicator. This, of course, is about the most favorable case. An experienced user knows well what programs he constantly needs, and does not overload his mobile assistant with unnecessary software. Newbie is another matter. I know for myself that at the first stage of acquaintance with the communicator, I want to try everything. At the same time, it is completely unclear how the device will behave after installing the next program.Each of us more than once had to deal with a situation in which only a Hard Reset can restore the device to working capacity, accompanied by a completely understandable loss of all data, although in such a situation only programs installed in the communicator's memory completely disappear. Folders with programs on the memory card remain, but that's just not much use from them. Even after reinstallation, you will at least lose all the original settings. Therefore, smart heads have written appropriate software that allows you to take a snapshot of the entire content and save it to a separate file. With subsequent restoration.

It remains only to select applicants for testing. I have already mentioned standard utilities, however, they may not exist. With ActiveSync, too, everything is more or less clear, although I will say a few words about this program later. Therefore, full-featured versions of Spb Backup, Backup Manager, SK Tools and Sprite Backup programs acted as guinea pigs.

ActiveSync

  • Developed by Microsoft
  • Latest version is 4.5
  • Download site - www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/activesync/activesync45.mspx

The program allows you to synchronize personal data every time you connect your device to a PC. You can also save multimedia files to your PC. The type of data to be synchronized is marked in the corresponding checkbox. The program saves and shows the programs installed on the communicator and allows you to restore them in case of deletion. Like any basic software, it has an extremely limited area of ​​application. After repeated (unsuccessful) attempts to restore the pre-registered program by reinstalling, the program is used solely for synchronizing contacts and connecting the device to a desktop computer for taking screenshots and accessing the Internet. All other backup actions are performed using the programs listed above.

Spb Backup

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Current version is 1.6

The price of the program and the method of distribution have not changed. A fully functional version costs 300 rubles.

The program allows you to create self-extracting archives that can be password protected. The archive can include selective directories from the device memory and from memory cards.

Full backup means saving the entire contents of the device's memory in the archive. When saving data selectively, the archive can include favorite folders both from the main memory and from the card. When saving on a schedule, the program allows you to automatically create a backup at a specified time. Additional features include requesting a PIN code when restoring an archive and saving the recovery program separately. With it, you can select the desired archive to restore.

When creating a full copy, you must specify a location to save the archive. If desired, you can also specify the name of the archive, but it is generated automatically based on the current date. Then the program calculates the size of the archive, offers to terminate all processes and creates a backup copy (it can be protected with a password), after which it asks to reboot the communicator. Stopping processes and rebooting are desirable but not required options, they can be disabled in the settings.

Selectively saving data

This option allows you to include favorite folders from the phone memory and memory card into the archive. When one of the items is highlighted with the cursor, the settings button becomes active. Then, in a separate window, you can mark the necessary files and folders for inclusion in the archive copy.

Save by schedule

When creating a scheduled backup, you can specify the days on which the contents will be backed up, the location to store archives (by default \Storage Card\ Backups\) and the deletion of old archives. The number of stored archives is indicated by a numerical parameter, the oldest copy will be replaced with a new one. Then, just as with selective copying, folders and files for saving are specified. These settings will be valid for all subsequent saves.

Data recovery

You can restore data directly through any file manager by running the desired exe file. If you marked the creation of a recovery program, then after its launch, all saved copies of the system will be displayed on the device screen, from which you can select the one you need. With selective recovery, you can select the necessary files and folders from all those in the archive.

To view the contents of archives on a PC, the developers suggest using the free SpbBackupUnpack.exe utility, which allows you to extract the necessary files and folders from archives copied to your hard drive. When unpacking, all data from the saved archive is copied to the specified directory. The backup options do not provide for saving a copy when the battery is low, but for communicators running Windows Mobile 5.0 and older, this is not very critical, since all important data is stored in non-volatile memory.

Experience

To test recovery capabilities, a hard reset was performed on the device, the backup files were transferred to a PC, after which the memory card was formatted. Then the backup folder was returned to the memory card, and a system restore was performed from it.

The program coped successfully with everything listed in paragraphs 1-6 at the beginning of the review. Restoration of all types of data was completed completely. All contacts in the address book have been restored, all installed programs have saved their keys, all connection settings have been preserved.

The only fixed difference was the reordering of plugins on the Today screen. Spb Insight has moved up to second place from the top, taking the place of Spb Weather.

Thus, the first tested program made it possible to completely restore data on the communicator after a hard reset and formatting the memory card.

The second backup software tested was Backup Manager by Sunnysoft.

  • Developer site - www.sunnysoft.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Full version costs $20

Common properties when creating and restoring a backup are compressing archives, rebooting the device after creating a backup, creating self-extracting archives, stopping all processes before starting a system backup. You can also create encrypted copies, ignore files in use, work in the background and display confirmation before restarting and overwriting data.

The program has two backup modes. In the simplified mode, only a copy of the system is created from the device memory. Advanced mode allows you to select folders for saving, create copies on a schedule. In addition to scheduled backups, you can create a system backup when the battery is low.

Before starting the backup, the program prompts you to reboot the device. The progress of the backup is displayed after the reboot.

When restoring from the software interface, the screen displays all the backups available on the device, each with a size, storage location, and encryption mark. When restoring the system from the software interface, you can select the necessary folders and files. Restoration can also be carried out directly from a self-extracting archive. Previously, it is desirable to transfer it to a backup medium (for example, to a PC hard drive). From a self-extracting archive, all data is restored by default without a choice. After restoring data, the device must be rebooted.

Experience

When restoring an archive, you have to ignore requests to overwrite files used by the system. This practically does not affect the completeness of the recovery, but it indicates that the program is not able to independently stop all processes before restoring the system. To launch the data recovery program after a hard reset of the device, an executable program of the form Backup_2007_05_21.bkp.exe is used, while the backup itself is stored in the Backup_2007_05_21.bkp file. If there are several such files, then it is quite easy to get confused in them, they differ only in the date. Each backup file also has a corresponding log, which contains all the information about the backup.

There were no problems with data recovery either. PIM data, settings, messages and encrypted files are restored correctly. That is, this program completely coped with the task.

The lack of a Russian interface can be considered a disadvantage of the program for Russian-speaking users.

SK Tools

  • Developer - SKKV Software
  • Developer site - http://s-k-tools.com
  • The cost of the program is $12.99 (For Russian-speaking users, the cost of the program is $5)

SK Tools is a powerful set of utilities for configuring and optimizing the operation of communicators running WM. The backup utility included in the package is only one of the components of the program.

The utility allows you to copy registry data (full and selective), databases, PIM data, Pocket Outlook folders and perform a copy of the entire system. The concept of selective copying with a mark of the necessary data for saving is absent in this utility. If necessary, you will have to create multiple copies with different data types.

Program settings

Except for the lack of a convenient interface for selecting files and folders to include in the backup, the program has almost everything you need. For example, in the program settings you can specify the degree of file compression, set a password for the archive, schedule the creation of a copy on a schedule, but the interface itself is not among the convenient ones, especially for a novice user. In order to schedule a backup, you will have to manually mark the days, months, and years, and each date will have to be entered separately. Battery backup is provided, the minimum value is 25%.

Data from a backup can be restored completely or partially.

Experience

In general, the program also successfully copes with saving and restoring data. And if you do not need to create composite archives, then it is quite possible to use it. But if you want to include folders from the memory card in addition to system data, PIM, then it is better to use one of the programs listed above. Along the way, it turned out that the program creates backup copies with the *.asb extension, which matches the extension of the Secubox program used to create protected logical partitions. So if these programs on your communicator intersect, then there may be confusion with data recovery. The remaining features of the program will be considered separately, but here I want to emphasize that the backup program is clearly not for beginners.

Sprite Backup

  • Developer - Sprite Software
  • Developer site - www.spritesoftware.com
  • The latest version of the program is available for purchase only, there is no demo version. Program price – $29.95

The only major difference between the Sprite Backup program and those listed is the presence of a desktop client, with which you can save backups and restore from them directly to your PC. In all other respects, both in terms of features and interface, the program is very similar to Sunnysoft's Backup manager on.

By default, all backups are saved to the \My documents\My Pocket PC Backups\ folder and this option cannot be changed. When trying to restore data from another folder, an error message is also displayed.

Due to the lack of a demo version, it is difficult to recommend this program for permanent use. There may well be errors in the operation of the program on a specific device, therefore, in order not to take risks, it is better to use one of the programs listed in the review above. At the same time, the program also successfully coped with the task of saving and restoring data from the memory of the communicator and the card.

Summing up...

Before drawing final conclusions, I would like to partially quote the email that came to my inbox after the review on data recovery on Symbian third edition smartphones.

Good afternoon Victor!
I read your article about "s60 backup oddities."
I dare to disagree.
Firstly, I personally had something similar on n71 on firmware 2, after flashing - everything is fine. And, as practice has shown, not only with me.
Second - in the screenshot of the programs "what's left after the restoration" - I mostly see java midlets (or am I wrong?).
So, show me at least one communicator for which "toads" work correctly after recovery? I personally saw the same rake on s100, s200, wizard'e and others.

Well, what can I say? Maybe I'm just unlucky. But on none of the tested smartphones (N80, N91, S60 third edition) it was not possible to completely restore the installed programs. At the same time, such recovery was carried out without problems on the previous version of the operating system (6600, 7610, 6630, etc.). As for Java, despite the presence of shortcuts in the menu, the applications also did not want to start.

As for backup, it is also unclean there, as in principle on a PC - depending on what you back up.

This is exactly what this review is about. All possible backup options have been selected, and almost all of them allow you to save not only Shoes in Ethiopia user data , but also programs with all settings and current updates.

The rest of the letter is more of a forum discussion, but I hope the message is clear. Information from communicators running WM 5.0 is saved and restored correctly after both soft and hard reboots. And almost any of the described programs. It's just a matter of personal preference and convenience.

At the same time, conflicts were found between the installed versions of the software. Sprite backup could not be installed on a system with pre-installed versions of other programs, the rest of the utilities did not conflict with each other.

All the operations performed were carried out within the same firmware of the communicator. If the firmware version is significantly changed or when moving from one system to another (WMSE2003-WM5.0-WM6.0), system data recovery is hardly possible due to significant differences in the kernel.

Data recovery on Windows mobile devices

In the last review, we considered the situation when restoring data on smartphones running Symbian 3rd edition. It's time to compare the software for creating backups and restoring data on communicators running Windows Mobile. Looking ahead, I want to note that the situation with restoring data from a backup archive in communicators is much better. In addition to standard utilities for backing up and using synchronization functions using ActiveSync, many teams release specialized software just to create backups in case of a hard reboot of the device. They will be discussed in this article.

When restoring data from backups, the following requirements were imposed on the programs:

1. Correct recovery of PIM data 2. Recovery of personal correspondence and settings 3. Recovery of keys for registered programs 4. Ability to selectively save data in an archive 5. Ability to selectively restore data from an archive 6. Ability to create self-extracting archives

At the same time, the author did not set the task of exploring all the subtleties of the work of a particular program, but approached the assessment in a purely utilitarian way. That is, the user is not required to be an expert in the field of the operating system and the features of the functioning of a particular program. The program that is the simplest and most convenient to use should receive the maximum rating. Naturally, other things being equal. The ability to recover data after a soft and hard reboot of the device was also evaluated. This option was introduced after one of the utilities described below was unable to access some files when restoring data without a hard reboot.

What is all this for

If everything is more or less clear with backing up personal data, quite often you need to transfer contacts from one device to another, then you may never encounter data recovery on a global scale during the entire time you use your communicator. This, of course, is about the most favorable case. An experienced user knows well what programs he constantly needs, and does not overload his mobile assistant with unnecessary software. Newbie is another matter. I know for myself that at the first stage of acquaintance with the communicator, I want to try everything. At the same time, it is completely unclear how the device will behave after installing the next program.Each of us more than once had to deal with a situation in which only a Hard Reset can restore the device to working capacity, accompanied by a completely understandable loss of all data, although in such a situation only programs installed in the communicator's memory completely disappear. Folders with programs on the memory card remain, but that's just not much use from them. Even after reinstallation, you will at least lose all the original settings. Therefore, smart heads have written appropriate software that allows you to take a snapshot of the entire content and save it to a separate file. With subsequent restoration.

It remains only to select applicants for testing. I have already mentioned standard utilities, however, they may not exist. With ActiveSync, too, everything is more or less clear, although I will say a few words about this program later. Therefore, full-featured versions of Spb Backup, Backup Manager, SK Tools and Sprite Backup programs acted as guinea pigs.

ActiveSync

  • Developed by Microsoft
  • Latest version is 4.5
  • Download site - www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/activesync/activesync45.mspx

The program allows you to synchronize personal data every time you connect your device to a PC. You can also save multimedia files to your PC. The type of data to be synchronized is marked in the corresponding checkbox. The program saves and shows the programs installed on the communicator and allows you to restore them in case of deletion. Like any basic software, it has an extremely limited area of ​​application. After repeated (unsuccessful) attempts to restore the pre-registered program by reinstalling, the program is used solely for synchronizing contacts and connecting the device to a desktop computer for taking screenshots and accessing the Internet. All other backup actions are performed using the programs listed above.

Spb Backup

  • Developer - Spb Software House
  • Site - www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
  • Current version is 1.6

The price of the program and the method of distribution have not changed. A fully functional version costs 300 rubles.

The program allows you to create self-extracting archives that can be password protected. The archive can include selective directories from the device memory and from memory cards.

Full backup means saving the entire contents of the device's memory in the archive. When saving data selectively, the archive can include favorite folders both from the main memory and from the card. When saving on a schedule, the program allows you to automatically create a backup at a specified time. Additional features include requesting a PIN code when restoring an archive and saving the recovery program separately. With it, you can select the desired archive to restore.

When creating a full copy, you must specify a location to save the archive. If desired, you can also specify the name of the archive, but it is generated automatically based on the current date. Then the program calculates the size of the archive, offers to terminate all processes and creates a backup copy (it can be protected with a password), after which it asks to reboot the communicator. Stopping processes and rebooting are desirable but not required options, they can be disabled in the settings.

Selectively saving data

This option allows you to include favorite folders from the phone memory and memory card into the archive. When one of the items is highlighted with the cursor, the settings button becomes active. Then, in a separate window, you can mark the necessary files and folders for inclusion in the archive copy.

Save by schedule

When creating a scheduled backup, you can specify the days on which the contents will be backed up, the location to store archives (by default \Storage Card\ Backups\) and the deletion of old archives. The number of stored archives is indicated by a numerical parameter, the oldest copy will be replaced with a new one. Then, just as with selective copying, folders and files for saving are specified. These settings will be valid for all subsequent saves.

Data recovery

You can restore data directly through any file manager by running the desired exe file. If you marked the creation of a recovery program, then after its launch, all saved copies of the system will be displayed on the device screen, from which you can select the one you need. With selective recovery, you can select the necessary files and folders from all those in the archive.

To view the contents of archives on a PC, the developers suggest using the free utility SpbBackupUnpack.exe, which allows you to extract the necessary files and folders from archives copied to your hard drive. When unpacking, all data from the saved archive is copied to the specified directory. The backup options do not provide for saving a copy when the battery is low, but for communicators running Windows Mobile 5.0 and older, this is not very critical, since all important data is stored in non-volatile memory.

Experience

To test recovery capabilities, a hard reset was performed on the device, the backup files were transferred to a PC, after which the memory card was formatted. Then the backup folder was returned to the memory card, and a system restore was performed from it.

The program coped successfully with everything listed in paragraphs 1-6 at the beginning of the review. Restoration of all types of data was completed completely. All contacts in the address book have been restored, all installed programs have saved their keys, all connection settings have been preserved.

The only fixed difference was the reordering of plugins on the Today screen. Spb Insight has moved up to second place from the top, taking the place of Spb Weather.

Thus, the first tested program made it possible to completely restore data on the communicator after a hard reset and formatting the memory card.

The second backup software tested was Sunnysoft's Backup Manager.

  • Developer site - www.sunnysoft.com
  • Distribution terms - shareware
  • Full version costs $20

Common properties when creating and restoring a backup are compressing archives, rebooting the device after creating a backup, creating self-extracting archives, stopping all processes before starting a system backup. You can also create encrypted copies, ignore files in use, work in the background and display confirmation before restarting and overwriting data.

The program has two backup modes. In the simplified mode, only a copy of the system is created from the device memory. Advanced mode allows you to select folders for saving, create copies on a schedule. In addition to scheduled backups, you can create a system backup when the battery is low.

Before starting the backup, the program prompts you to reboot the device. The progress of the backup is displayed after the reboot.

When restoring from the software interface, the screen displays all the backups available on the device, each with a size, storage location, and encryption mark. When restoring the system from the software interface, you can select the necessary folders and files. Restoration can also be carried out directly from a self-extracting archive. Previously, it is desirable to transfer it to a backup medium (for example, to a PC hard drive). From a self-extracting archive, all data is restored by default without a choice. After restoring data, the device must be rebooted.

Experience

When restoring an archive, you have to ignore requests to overwrite files used by the system. This practically does not affect the completeness of the recovery, but it indicates that the program is not able to independently stop all processes before restoring the system. To launch the data recovery program after a hard reset of the device, an executable program of the form Backup_2007_05_21.bkp.exe is used, while the backup itself is stored in the Backup_2007_05_21.bkp file. If there are several such files, then it is quite easy to get confused in them, they differ only in the date. Each backup file also has a corresponding log, which contains all the information about the backup.

There were no problems with data recovery either. PIM data, settings, messages and encrypted files are restored correctly. That is, this program completely coped with the task.

The lack of a Russian interface can be considered a disadvantage of the program for Russian-speaking users.

SK Tools

  • Developer - SKKV Software
  • Developer site - http://s-k-tools.com
  • The cost of the program is $12.99 (For Russian-speaking users, the cost of the program is $5)

SK Tools is a powerful set of utilities for configuring and optimizing the operation of communicators running WM. The backup utility included in the package is only one of the components of the program.

The utility allows you to copy registry data (full and selective), databases, PIM data, Pocket Outlook folders and perform a copy of the entire system. The concept of selective copying with a mark of the necessary data for saving is absent in this utility. If necessary, you will have to create multiple copies with different data types.

Program settings

Except for the lack of a convenient interface for selecting files and folders to include in the backup, the program has almost everything you need. For example, in the program settings you can specify the degree of file compression, set a password for the archive, schedule the creation of a copy on a schedule, but the interface itself is not among the convenient ones, especially for a novice user. In order to schedule a backup, you will have to manually mark the days, months, and years, and each date will have to be entered separately. Battery backup is provided, the minimum value is 25%.

Data from a backup can be restored completely or partially.

Experience

In general, the program also successfully copes with saving and restoring data. And if you do not need to create composite archives, then it is quite possible to use it. But if you want to include folders from the memory card in addition to system data, PIM, then it is better to use one of the programs listed above. Along the way, it turned out that the program creates backup copies with the *.asb extension, which matches the extension of the Secubox program used to create protected logical partitions. So if these programs on your communicator intersect, then there may be confusion with data recovery. The remaining features of the program will be considered separately, but here I want to emphasize that the backup program is clearly not for beginners.

Sprite Backup

  • Developer - Sprite Software
  • Developer site - www.spritesoftware.com
  • The latest version of the program is available for purchase only, there is no demo version. Program price – $29.95

The only major difference between the Sprite Backup program and those listed is the presence of a desktop client, with which you can save backups and restore from them directly to your PC. In all other respects, both in terms of capabilities and interface, the program is very similar to Sunnysoft's Backup manager on.

By default, all backups are saved to the \My documents\My Pocket PC Backups\ folder and this option cannot be changed. When trying to restore data from another folder, an error message is also displayed.

Due to the lack of a demo version, it is difficult to recommend this program for permanent use. There may well be errors in the operation of the program on a specific device, therefore, in order not to take risks, it is better to use one of the programs listed in the review above. At the same time, the program also successfully coped with the task of saving and restoring data from the memory of the communicator and the card.

Summing up...

Before drawing final conclusions, I would like to partially quote the email that came to my inbox after the review on data recovery on Symbian third edition smartphones.

Good afternoon Victor! I read your article about "strangeness of s60 backup." I dare not agree. Firstly, I personally had something similar on the n71 on firmware 2, after flashing everything is fine. And, as practice has shown, not only with me. Secondly - in the screenshot of programs "what's left after recovery" - I mostly see java midlets (or am I wrong?). So show me at least one communicator in which "toads" work correctly after recovery? I personally saw the same rake on s100, s200, wizard'e and others.

Well, what can I say? Maybe I'm just unlucky. But on none of the tested smartphones (N80, N91, S60 third edition) it was not possible to completely restore the installed programs. At the same time, such recovery was carried out without problems on the previous version of the operating system (6600, 7610, 6630, etc.). As for Java, despite the presence of shortcuts in the menu, the applications also did not want to start.

As for backup, it is also unclean there, as in principle on a PC - depending on what you back up.

All the operations performed were carried out within the same firmware of the communicator. If the firmware version is significantly changed or when moving from one system to another (WMSE2003-WM5.0-WM6.0), system data recovery is hardly possible due to significant differences in the kernel.