Backup and Restore – well nearly
I’ve got to hard reset my SPV M3100, in an attempt to fix my Bluetooth Dial up Networking.
I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to test a couple of backup and restore programs, it’s going to go anyway so I might as well see if I can get it back
taking a lead from Jason I installed SPB backup, and spritesoftware backup v1.1.5 both trial software but I think I’ll be keeping one of them.
installed pretty easily – standard add and remove programs stuff, and is pretty skinny on the device at 1115 kbytes.
when you run a backup you get the option to
- perform a full backup
- perform a custom one choosing from any or all of PIM Data, emails, My Docs, System Data, Network and Storage Card!!! (mines a 2Gbyte one so not sure how many days that would take).
- or schedule a backup
you get to choose the location and the backup is an exe file that will restore without the app installed on your device (of course)
the system soft resets after the backup and when it recovers
the backup of a 54 Mbytes Image takes just 14 Mbytes and after the hard reset restores the device effortlessly.
you can also download a desktop app that allows you to recover files from within a backup – nice touch
Sprite Software Backup:
the trial has an annoying desktop setup wizard that demands a serial – disappointing tbh
the PDA app runs pretty well although it’s a 3Mbyte install, the app resets the system before the backup, presumably to clear the memory and requests an access password by default.
When complete the backup occupies 17 Mbytes
I got quite a few errors – mainly to do with IE cache files some to do with volc files whose purpose became apparent
when you restore the system you get the opportunity to do a full or partial restore after which the system resets.
bad news is it kills voice command :(
based on footprint, ease of use and handy desktop app I’m going to buy SPB backup, I’ll use it when rebuilding my PDA to take restore points before installing the next potentially DUN breaking app.