As an avid blackberry user and former Network Administrator I have come across a ton of scenarios where backup was needed but not practiced. Some methods I’ve used to fix these problems come from knowledge base articles, to online forums, to just plain old common sense. There is one thing that as a tech junkie I have to talk about today. That subject is about Backing up your data, While there are many articles on the net about backing up your personal (Computer) data many don’t talk about backing up your cell phone data.
I have been a blackberry user for over 5 years now, and in that time it’s come to my attention over and over again, the question is not if I will lose data it’s when? That “when” you may never know, but since blackberries and Smart Phones in general are the norm now days. We all have to take the proper precautions to save our data. Some of us have saved data for years, and while most people can’t understand why someone would want to save so much useless data. I have a ton of reasons I’ll go into on another post some day.
Why Backup your Smart Phone
Simply you have over time added more and more task, contacts, memo’s, notes, and other things to your Smart Phone that if you lost today, you have no where to get it back. A lot of these phones can carry an enormous amount of data including files, pictures, calendars and other things. These items are usually stored in the ROM of your smart phone. Wikipedia.org defines ROM as Read-only memory (usually known by its acronym, ROM) is a class of storage media used in computers and other electronic devices. Because data stored in ROM cannot be modified (at least not very quickly or easily), it is mainly used to distribute firmware (software that is very closely tied to specific hardware, and unlikely to require frequent updates). ROM cannot be removed from your phone, it’s a permanent storage area within your device.
This ROM is your internal MEMORY which saves your data, pictures, and other items to your device. Some smart phones also have a memory flash card that lets you create a place to store more data, that you can also remove from your phone and even access with a computer given the right software sometimes. Usually this flash card only saves pictures, music, video, and items that you record, but it does not save any contacts, calendar, task or other items that are part of the phones software.
I understand ROM, but tell me why I need to backup
A Smart phone is just like a computer it can fail, and if it does will you be able to recover that special number, or contact calendar from your device? In most cases NO, you will never get that data back and it’s over. You have to start from scratch with entering all your contacts again, which means an enormous amount of your personal time, not to mention the loss of critical items that are gone forever. Don’t even think about sending your device to a specialty tech shop that deals in lost data, if you do plan on spending hundreds of dollars.
You don’t need to lost your data, at least you can always have a backup with in reach at any given moment. Most Smart phones come with software that you can use to import contacts, task, calendar functions and other things that help. Along with that most of them allow you to backup your data right to the same computer that you use to do all these functions. I’m only going to discuss the blackberry method today but remember there are many manufactures out there that also do this, please consult your device manual for more information. Better yet call your carrier, and ask for the data team or someone that can help you set up backups with your phone and the accompanying software, that is what they are there for in my opinion.
Blackberry backup method
You will need:
- Blackberry device
- USB Cable
Since I’m all about saving time and allowing you to get the best resources for answers I took the time to sift the net and found some resoruces that should help you in the process. They tell you how to make that backup of your device and should help as a written example of how to do this, I hope my words hit home. Remember this can happen to anyone, it’s only a matter of time.
Indiana University With a Blackberry, how do I backup and restore data
BlackBerry Cool Backing up your Blackberry (Cool Screenshots)
BlackBerry Rocks How to backup and restore your Blackberry (Even Cooler updated Screenshots)
TBTR (Comments are always welcome)