This seems to be a common problem people have, maybe it can be solved.
Get new phone, go to market, downloads, nothing there? So you can't redownload your apps you had previously downloaded or it isnt restored when you login the first time to your phone?
Ok. So I swapped out my phone yesterday and got a new droid. When I got into my new phone, i lost all my market downloads, but it did show my paid apps. All free apps I downloaded are not showing!
So I did a nandroid restore of DATA only from an older backup, but I don't want to use this one. But upon doing so I was able to see all my free apps I had downloaded from the market again. So somewhere DATA contains the information or file needed for market to display what you had previously downloaded.
So my question is, if I open up data.tar and extract all the files within, does anyone know where I could possibly find what I am looking for so I could just transfer this over to my new phone setup?