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Full restore to new Blackberry from another backup file

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I lost my Blackberry Bold 9700 and wish to execute a full restore from a backup file I made from it, to a new Blackberry. How do I do this?
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Question by:Anton Tajanlangit
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Full restore

To fully restore a backup:

 1.Cradle your device. If you have a password enabled, enter it so your device will connect to the desktop.

2. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and double-click the Backup and Restore icon to bring up the Backup and Restore dialog box.
 
3. Click Restore. In the Select file for Full Restore dialog box, find your backup file and select it. Click Open.

4. Before restoring the backup, you should see a warning that the backup will overwrite the information currently stored in the listed databases on your device. Click Yes to continue.
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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@nsx106052 - I did a full restore as you instructed, but it did not include any of my downloaded applications. Why is this? I had done a full backup of my unit before.
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That's because backups don't backup applications, just data.
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by:Justin Owens
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If the applications had specific data, install the applications then do the data restore.  Of course, at this point, that may not be an option.
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by:Iain MacMillan
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you may also get mixed results if the handsets had different OS versions, like if i used an old backup of my Bold 9000 on v4.6 OS, and then tried to restore that to a 9000 with v5.0 or Bold 9700 with v5.0 OS.  Some settings/data won't match up.

if you have a BES server handling your handsets, most of the settings/data will already be backed-up there, very easy to set your replacement handset back the way the lost one was.  Also good way to kill-off a lost/stolen handset, making it useless to whoever has it.
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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If I re-install my applications, they will just be the trial versions because as you said, -jonny-, only data has been backed up. I bought them online and of course all the activation codes went with my lost unit. DrUltima, if I install the applications first then do the restore, everything will be replaced by the backup file, yes? Including the non-activated applications?
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by:Justin Owens
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You asked, "if I install the applications first then do the restore, everything will  be replaced by the backup file, yes? Including the non-activated  applications?"

I am not willing to make that all-encompassing a statement.  I would be willing to say they should be OK, but it is dependent on your applications, specifically.
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by:Anton Tajanlangit
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Will it add to the trouble if I had installed all my applications to the microSD card (which got lost with the unit, too)?
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Heh... It gets better and better... :)  Here is what I would try:

Install the apps, etc, and do a restore.

If that fails (and it probably will to some degree or another), work through each app's issue with the vendor to get new activation codes, etc.  I know that is not what anyone wants to hear, but you are looking for the proverbial magic bullet.

Justin
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