Backing up your personal filesIf you want to copy your phonebook or calendars to the computer this is a useful step. This does not back up flashes or flexes. Among many other great features, it allows you to synchronize your phonebooks and calendars and load, create and modify ring tones, transfer pictures and work with video. The version I am using here is 4.2.1a. I'm also going to cover the setup of the phone with the program.
Launch MPT. You'll see this screen.
You'll then be asked to create a profile for your phone.
At the phone setup wizard screen you'll be asked how you want to connect your phone to the computer. Click the radio button for "Cable".
You'll then get the phone setup screen. Mine stayed like this with no status bar for a few minutes before I decided to remove the data cable and reconnect it.
I then got this screen and my phone was setup in seconds.
I stored a couple numbers to the SIM and one to the phone. You can see in the phonebook clearly that the numbers are stored differently.
The program will now launch and you'll see the phone interface which should look like your phone. Click on the "Phonebook" icon to the right of the phone.
Data will now be read off your phone.
Then this screen will show up. Click the "Backup" link.
Give your archive a name at this screen so you can later identify it easily.
Then verify the items you want to backup to the computer.
After a few status bar screens go by you'll get this screen.
Restoring your personal filesTo restore your data back to the phone select "Restore" at this screen.
Now select which archive you want to restore to your phone. Then confirm your choice at the pop up window.
Then select what you want to restore. After you click "Next" you'll get a few status bar screens.
And now you are done.
Backing up the V3i system filesFirst, if you want to pay for a program that will backup everything on the phone you could buy a program called Flash & Backup 3. It costs $9.95 to register. You can also backup individual code groups with it and flash with it as well. However I really want to cover a free method that's out there and will get the job done too.
How would you like the ability to restore your phone with a custom monster pack that would have all your modifications (seem edits), wallpapers, sound files, videos and everything else you've ever changed or added to your phone? This information comes from this thread.
Well "Scotty2" has done it again with his new program called V3i Backup/SHX Creation Utility BETA. Beta means just that, it may have bugs or may not work for you or may not be complete. It worked great for me though. You can download the program right here.
You can make a monster pack, a reflash, a DRM flash or a language pack flash file or any combination. If you do decide to make a reflash ensure you include the flash the DSP and the signatures together or it won't work.
The program isn't fully functional yet, so far only the backup portion of the program works. This program will create a file called "BackupMP.shx" and it will recreate this file name every time regardless if you already have one of these files or not, so watch out for overwrites. This program does not back up the PDS.
Launch the program and you'll see this screen. Click the "Extract Backups" button.
This window will appear. I'm making a monster pack so I checked all the check boxes seen below for my particular back up file. You have many choices here. When you're done selecting, click the "Go!" button.
The program will display what it is doing throughout the 15 minute process.
Finally you'll be left with a file in your program's particular install folder. Here it is, my phone reduced to a single file:
|This ends the "backup" section of this tutorial.|