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Treo restore: deleted backup? [Feb. 28th, 2006|07:39 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Went to restore my Treo from backup. Couldn't find a "Restore" option in Missing Sync, so just pressed Hot Sync thinking it'd realize it was reset and prompt me to restore.....

Nope.

It deleted my computer-archived versions. And I don't have a backup of that, since it was the only real data I kept on the Mac, which I don't backup. It also deleted my pictures .... wtf?

Maybe it all still exists somewhere. Maybe Missing Sync keeps multiple backups? Somehow I doubt it.

Off to Jury Duty. In thunderstorms and lightning.
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[User Picture]From: taral
2006-02-28 04:08 pm (UTC)
No idea what Missing Sync is.

The Palm Desktop will auto-restore when it detects a blank device attached. Also, deleted files are stored in the Archive folder so you can get them back.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-03-01 12:33 am (UTC)

fyi

Missing Sync is a Mac OS X-specific product that does what iSync doesn't bother to do for various devices.
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From: solteronita
2006-02-28 04:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should just stay in bed for a few days...
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2006-02-28 07:50 pm (UTC)
Even when Palm Desktop does a restore it doesn't get everything. Some of the preferences (notably Bluetooth settings and Owner settings and whatnot) don't get restored.

I've been using FlyBackUp (on Mahlon's recommendation) since I got my treo and it's pretty great. It installs itself on your device and SD card, you back up to SD, when you do a hard reset of your device you can restore form the application on the SD card.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-02-28 09:16 pm (UTC)
Um.

You're fucked, because you didn't listen when I said "select desktop overwrites handheld". (on the Conduits page, instead of "synchronize").

Well really you're fucked because you don't back up your computer. Bad hacker, no address book for you.

If by "it deleted my pictures" you mean "it deleted the copies of my pictures that had already been copied from handheld to desktop", I don't believe you, because it doesn't do that even when you manually delete pictures on the phone.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-02-28 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I listened to you, but then was in a rush to jury duty and realized I didn't even have Dina's number... so in a rush I ran Missing Sync, pressed sync, then promptly realized I was fuck. The Missing Sync interface blows... I did find the backup restore setting later.

Like I said, I just don't back up the Mac, mostly because I have nothing on here. Except for my entire address book now.

Oh, yes, I do have the photos: they just have stupid filenames (mmddyy) do they don't sort right. I was expecting them at the end.

Bleh.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-02-28 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Missing Sync interface does kinda blow, but at least it works a lot better than Apple's, once you figure it out...
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-03-01 12:35 am (UTC)
Wait, more than one company is dumb enough to use mmddyy for date formats? Okay, then, there are inhabitants for That Circle of Hell besides Veritas/Symantec...
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[User Picture]From: edm
2006-03-01 08:41 am (UTC)

mmddyy must die

Oh yes, there's plenty more of them. Seems to be endemic to North American programmers who didn't take the time to think. (Interestingly I see fewer dd-mm-yy(yy) formats in places where sorting matters; perhaps things getting out of order earlier on is a bigger clue.)

Nagios amusingly uses mm-dd-yyyy, as though that makes it a whole lot better. I guess they solved that whole Y2K problem while completely overlooking the sorting issue.

Ewen
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-02-28 09:49 pm (UTC)
Also lost my Treo charger apparently! Maybe it's in Belize, but I never used my phone there, so that's not likely.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-02-28 09:51 pm (UTC)
Bleh. I don't understand why it needs to plug in instead of just getting power from USB...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-02-28 09:53 pm (UTC)
Nor do I. Maybe it's too much current?
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2006-02-28 11:30 pm (UTC)
with the right cable it does charge from USB. Although Very Slowly, so I think Brad is right -- USB doesn't give enough power.


- ask
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2006-02-28 11:32 pm (UTC)
Did it delete your backup in
ls `find ~/Documents/Palm/Users -name Backups`
?

Unless you ran the "Backup" conduit then you should have a backup there from last you ran the backup conduit...

Also (for next time): The "BackupMan" Palm program can sync everything to the SD card once a day and keep N days of old backups.


- ask
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