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Sunday, 8 June 2008

Back up your calendar: yet another good reason to hack your Symbian phone

Symbian Calendar
Phones that run Symbian S60 (Nokia) and Symbian UIQ (Sony Ericsson) are like Fort Knox: you can't even access the files and folders that contain your calendar entries on your phone, which means that the horrible piece of bloatware called PC Suite is the only way to back up your calendar. The draconian restrictions of Symbian are like not having the keys of your own house.

But Symbian has been hacked : ) With a few modifications you can access all files and folders on your phone, and make backup copies whenever and whereever you want without having to connect your phone to a computer that runs PC Suite.

Need a quick way to back up your calendar without having to hook up your phone to a computer to struggle with PC Suite?

Then hack your phone to get access to the c:\private folder. The built-in Symbian file browser won't get you there, but X-Plore or ActiveFile will.

Inside the folder with the user friendly (ahem) name "10003a5b" you'll find a file called "Calendar" which contains (yes, you guessed right) all your calendar entries!

Make a copy of c:\private\10003a5b\calendar and you have a backup of your calendar. Delete the file and you'll have lots of free time. Keep two different copies if you want a double agenda ;)
On some phones the calendar folder name is 1000395b.

No PC Suite needed, so Mac and Linux users can back up their calendar too!

If Symbian won't let you restore your calender backup (because the calendar file on your phone is in use), you can restore the backup with one of these tricks:

1) Tell Symbian to back up your phone memory to your memory card and send the backup program to the background. You can restore your calendar backup while Symbian's phone-to-memory-card application is running.

2) Rename c:\private\10003a5b to c:\private\10003a5ba (or any other name), delete the calendar file from the renamed folder, copy your calendar backup file into the renamed folder, rename the folder back to its orginal name (10003a5b), and restart your phone.
On some phones the calendar folder name is 1000395b.


3 comments:

Afzal said...

I wanted to restore a backup file of Calendar today to c:\private\10003A5B\
But it won't let me, i think its in use, i tried killing calendarserver, but still couldn't replace after it.

can u plz help

thanks

symbian underground said...

Two methods to restore your calendar backup if Symbian won't let you (from the forum of symbian freak):

1) If you tell Symbian to backup your phone memory to your memory card and send the backup app to the background, you can restore your calendar while the backup program is running.

2) Rename c:\private\10003a5b to c:\private\10003a5ba (or any other name), delete the calendar file from the renamed folder, copy your calendar backup file into the renamed folder, rename the folder back to its orginal name (10003a5b), and restart your phone.

klemkas said...

1) isn't working, if i turn on backup program it turns off all applications and doesn't allow to launch them while backup is in progress... number two isn't allowed either. any solutions?..