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Old January 11th, 2010, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im' looking to backup certain parts of my phone in case of a firmware upgrade goes haywire. Also, those are the things i want to keep... I'm looking for a way to save my text messages, my spelling dictionary and the browsers stored passwords aswell as the bookmarks. I know there are apps that does this, but I'm intrested in the "manual" way. anyone who can fill me in which directories to backup?

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Old January 11th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that theese are the files:
data/data/com.android.browser/databases/webview.db
data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db

If you want to restore almost all system configurations, you should restore these files:
data/misc/*
data/data/com.android.alarmclock/databases/alarms.db
data/data/com.android.browser/databases/browser.db
data/data/com.android.browser/databases/webview.db
data/data/com.android.browser/databases/webviewCache.db
data/data/com.android.browser/shared_prefs/com.android.browser_preferences.xml
data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/telephony.db
data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db
data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/shared_prefs/preferred-apn.xml
data/data/com.android.providers.im/databases/im.db
data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db
data/data/com.android.settings/shared_prefs/com.android.settings_preferences.xml
data/data/com.android.vending/shared_prefs/vending_preferences.xml
data/data/com.android.vending/databases/assets.db
data/data/com.android.vending/databases/webview.db
data/data/com.android.vending/databases/webviewCache.db
data/data/com.google.android.providers.settings/databases/googlesettings.db
data/data/com.android.launcher/databases/launcher.db
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I may be having to do a factory reset or (better perhaps) get a new Droid. The files listed above - are they on the device or the SD card? Is there a way to back up the data on the device itself such that when you do a factory reset you can merely re-load rather than re-building your apps & settings?

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Your removable sd-card is mapped to the "/sdcard/sd" folder, so everything outside of it (including those files) would be on the (internal) flash storage.

Have you considered the "nandroid" backup from a custom rescue boot partition? It's what I'm using, and it's not really as scary as you'd think. It will let you do a complete restore from a reset phone, but I don't think it lets you migrate files across firmware updates (that is, I think the firmware is part of the backup, so to speak). I hope to be corrected if I'm wrong on this part.
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Actually, the removable SD is mapped to /sdcard/sd/ , when inserted.
Internal SD is /sdcard/ .
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Default How to backup Android SMSes, MMSes, Contacts, Call Logs, User dictionary etc. manually

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hey all

Im' looking to backup certain parts of my phone in case of a firmware upgrade goes haywire. Also, those are the things i want to keep... I'm looking for a way to save my text messages, my spelling dictionary and the browsers stored passwords aswell as the bookmarks. I know there are apps that does this, but I'm intrested in the "manual" way. anyone who can fill me in which directories to backup?
See How to backup Android SMSes, MMSes, Contacts, Call Logs, User dictionary etc. manually in the Android users' wiki.
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