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My hard drive recently crashed, and I have been restoring it with GetDataBack. I had a substantial amount of information stored in my buddy comments, and I was wondering if there is any way to get them back. Are the comments stored in a particular file? I know they're local and not on the server.
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by:RWJDCom
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Yes, the comments are stored in the data files in the AIM installation directory, which is usually C:\Program Files\AIM.  Your best bet is to try and restore the entire AIM directory on the computer.  If you succeed to get that directory back you will then be able to see your contacts in AIM.

I hope this helps.
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callrs earned 195 total points
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>> know they're local and not on the server.
I just ran filemon http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Filemon.html to try to locate where AIM keeps the comments. I added some comments & watched...but it seems that AIM doesn't store the comments locally. A Google search for: import buddy comments, got me nowhere.

Are you sure it's local? I'd have login on another machine to really know...but I'm guessing its  server-side (AIM 4.7 & up. Which version was it?)
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by:Neo55378008
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I was wrong, I just reinstalled AIM and the comments are still there.
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by:callrs
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>> its  server-side
: )
Took a while to find out  that AIM didn't store the comments locally.

Note: You can export the buddy list & all comments:
E.g. in AIM 5.5:  My Aim > Save Buddy List
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by:RWJDCom
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Wow.  I was wrong.  I thought they were stored locally because you can backup your buddy list, etc...  Maybe it was in earlier versions of AIM.  I haven't used AIM in quite a long time.  I'm sorry I gave you a wrong answer.  :(
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by:callrs
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No sorry needed. I'm merely hoping that you'll close the question today lol.

But if you need more help, feel free to ask.
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by:callrs
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Please ask RWJDCom to award credit for the question answered. Thanks.
Also: This is a good reference -- will save others from having to spend so much time as I did to identify where AIM stores the buddy comments.
: )
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by:callrs
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>>Please ask RWJDCom
-->Neo55378008 on
Sorry.
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Closed, 195 points refunded.

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by:callrs
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by:callrs
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*Confusing* lol.
My second last comment asked for award, but had an error. So the comment after that corrected it: RWJDCom-->Neo55378008

Basically, Neo came to the same conclusion I'd suggested (that buddy comments are server side), but only after I'd taken the time to analyze AIM's file-use.

So credit is deserved. But if user can't spare the points, I'll gracefully pass. Thanks.
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