Get contacts from broken Backup  

Posted by Tarek in ,

Online-backup What's the worst that could happen when you upgrade your phone's firmware or format it? (of course other than damaging the phone itself ).. The inability to restore backup!

Sometimes the phone just refuses to restore the backed up phone memory. This is pretty frustrating specially if you don't have a back up of at least contacts and messages somewhere else. In this guide however, I'll show you how you could retrieve most of the contacts, and if you're lucky enough, all of them..

First connect your phone to PC in Data Transfer mode. Find backup folder (you'll have to show hidden files in order to see it), then copy the file Backup.arc from it to PC. You can now disconnect your phone.

  1. Download Backup Parser and place it in the same folder of your backup. This program extracts the Backup file into several files inside which, lies the contacts file.
  2. Run Backup Parser and wait until it finishes. The process could take up to several hours.
  3. Now we have to find out which is the contacts files. To do that go to start, run, type "cmd" without the quotes and hit Enter.
  4. In the black console window that pops up, navigate to the folder that contain all extracted files; this could be done by typing "cd c:\New Folder" replacing c:\New Folder with the original files destination. For simplicity place the Parser and your backup.arc file in New Folder in drive C then copy this as it is and paste it in the console window: "cd C:\New Folder" without the quotes.
  5. Now copy this to the console window: (find "ReplicationCount" *.*) without the brackets and hit Enter.
  6. It will now list all extracted files but only some files will have LCM_ReplicationCount written below or beside them, remember those numbers for the next step.
  7. Rename files that has those numbers to have CDB extension. For example Block-178 should be Block-178.cdb
  8. Download Noki and open those files with it. You can now export found contacts as vcf files and copy them to back to your phone.


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I like the image of the guy backing up. Can I use it on our site?

May 1, 2008 10:25 PM

Of course :)

May 1, 2008 10:31 PM

Hi, the Backup Parser software doesn't seem to work. Download corrupts every time. Does anyone have in backup or so?

- John

August 10, 2008 2:35 PM

It's a damn virus thats why it is always corrupt. My antivirus recognized 2 viruses in it.

August 21, 2008 10:20 AM

its not a virus. worked for me :) thank you very much

August 22, 2008 4:33 PM

hey nice job man it can export only 30 contacts... how can i export up to 200 contacts.... anyone have crack or something then plzzzz share here

September 3, 2008 7:01 PM

Hi TGhazali i need crack too plzzz giv some help :(

September 3, 2008 7:04 PM

Hello all, thanks a lot for you feedbacks..

I'm pretty sure there are no viruses in the file. I've also raised backup parser on another server if download is not working for you. Get it here.

@HannaN & anon, I tried actually a lot to retrieve all contacts from the backup but unfortunately this is the best I've come up with or found. The problem is not with a crack, it's with the Block file you find, contains only some of the contacts not all..

September 3, 2008 8:05 PM

and an alternative link for Noki:

September 3, 2008 8:08 PM

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