How To Transfer iPhone Contacts To Another Phone

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A common issue many smart phone users is transferring their contacts between phones. Yesterday my friend got a new Android phone and after inserting the sim card from iPhone I noticed he has no contacts. It seems all his contacts are kept on his iPhone memory and not on the sim.

I’ve seen it talked about on a number of forums and it doesn’t appear that there is a clear cut method of dealing with this.  The most common solution I found involved jailbreaking the phone- something I am not comfortable doing for a variety of reasons.

Finally, after a bit of research I was able to find a solution by creating a vCard. Here it is:

  1. Install MCBackup from App Store (FREE)
  2. Select Backup (it will take a while if you have hundreds of contacts)
  3. Once the backup file is done it will ask you to send it as email attachment to yourself
  4. Download the .vcf file from your email to your computer
  5. Connect your new phone to computer and upload the .vcf file into the root of your phone
  6. Safely unplug your new phone
  7. On HTC go to People app / Menu / Manage contacts / Import/Export contacts / Import from phone storage

Note: After I selected Import from phone storage I received an error – ‘failed to parse vcard for unexpected reason invalid line xx’. If you receive the same, open the .vcf file with Wordpad search for whatever contact is displayed and correct the error.  You can look at a similar contact in the code and replicate the same format and code around your corrected contact.  E.g. my broken contact was going on 2 lines. Once I removed the ‘enter’, I copied the file again to HTC and then I selected Import again from phone storage. It worked like a charm. Now I have all 251 contacts on my new phone.

The quick how to on backing up Windows 7 drivers

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WindowsDrivers are essential software for the hardware functions on a computer, and it is always a very good idea to back them up. It can be really an hassle to try to reinstall or repair Windows, only to find that a driver is missing or corrupt. Many PC manufacturers have their own drivers for crucial hardware and Windows generic drivers just won’t work.

In Windows 7 all the drivers are in a few subfolders located in the system folder %SystemRoot%\System32\. Two standard  protected subfolders  are called “DriverStore” and “drivers”.  Often there is also a third subfolder  “DrvStore”. These folders can be copied to a external hard drive, cd or some other kind of media.

Also, you should back up the folder %systemroot%\inf\. This folder contains the driver setup information files. This folder is sometimes overlooked but drivers cannot be installed without the information it contains.

This is very handy to keep backed up due to there may be a time when your drivers become corrupt and the manufacture no longer carries them, or in some cases it could be a network driver that could have become corrupt and, there may not be access to the internet to receive new drivers.

Generally is it always a good idea to backup your Server or Computer offsite, in case of a catastrophe. At Everon we provide excellent backup solutions, from granular level cloud backup to full Total Data Protection of a server. Please click on this link to view more details. http://www.everonit.com/data_backup_services.html

 

 

 

 

If for some reason you need more discussion, including ways to reinstall drivers can be found at this link.

Argh! VSS errors keep making my backups fail, how can I fix this?

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Almost every backup software platform uses VSS, so this is actually a common issue. A few of the most common platforms that use this are Mozy, Intronis, Shadow Protect, Windows backup and Symantec Backup Exec.

Normally all VSS issues can be resolved by a reboot. However in some cases a reboot cannot be done due to the VSS writer may be on a production server that cannot be restarted.

If for some reason a reboot does not resolve the issue or you are unable to perform a reboot another attempt that can be done to resolve this issue is use a Microsoft application called “Microsoft VShadow”.

Using the VShadow Tool to help clear out the issue

1.  Open services.msc | Start > Run > services.msc and stop any VSS related service that is currently running, most commonly this includes:

Background Intelligent Transfer Service
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
Volume Shadow Copy
SQL Server VSS Writer
Windows Backup
Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requester

2.  Next, download the VShadow version that applies to the Operating System. (The best way I have found to do this, is to do a Google search for VShadow OS Type Download.

(Save the vshadow.exe program from the Downloads Page to the path of( %windir%\system32\ ) this should allow you to run it from all directories of the system from the command prompt for the next steps.)

Open a command prompt, go to |Start > Run > cmd .

3.  From the command prompt run the command. ( vshadow C: D: )

Please Note: Volume letter(s) should match those of the system’s volume letters.

Run the vssadmin list writers command to confirm that the VSS writers are in a Stable and Ready State

I have all these archived outlook 2007 data files, now what?

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Generally in most small businesses, there are an excessive amount of emails that are acquired day to day. Every so often, your Outlook will run an auto-archive and save these emails to a .pst file on your local hard drive in order to save space on your company’s Exchange server, by default. But how would you open back up your auto archived data file after it’s saved on your computer if you needed to retrieve one of those old emails? Below are instructions on how to do this with Outlook 2007.

To open a .pst file, do the following:

  1. In Outlook, go to the File menu, point to Open, and then click Outlook Data File.
  2. Click the .pst file that you want to open, and then click OK.

The name of the folder that is associated with the data file appears in the Folder List. To view the Folder List, on the Go menu, click Folder List. By default, the folder will be called Personal Folders.

 

 

Outlook Auto Archive. What is this? And why does it keep bugging me?

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As Your Microsoft Outlook mailbox grows as you create and receive items (item: An item is the basic element that holds information in Outlook (similar to a file in other programs). Items include e-mail messages, appointments, contacts, tasks, journal entries, notes, posted items, and documents.). To keep your mailbox manageable, you need another place to store— archive— the old items that are important but not frequently used. You also need a way to automatically move those old items to the archive location and to discard items whose content have expired and are no longer valid. Auto Archive takes care of these processes for you by automatically removing your info from the Exchange Server. If left stored on the  Exchange Server is problematic because the program used to run the e-mail becomes unstable as more information is stored.  This auto-archive feature keeps your Outlook running and more stable.