I'm not sure which version of SMS Backup you guys are referring to, but the version that I refer everyone to is this one;
Originally Posted by lloydstrans
SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu.
The same developer also makes a backup and restore program similarly named for preserving your phone call logs;
Call Logs Backup & Restore, by Ritesh Sahu.
These 2 applications have never failed me once. The only thing you need to make sure you do in advance of using these is change the default storage location for the data. Due to the specific naming conventions of the Motorola Droid, where it defaults to the "SDcard", for our purposes, it needs to be changed to "SDcard-ext".
This is done by tapping the Menu button, then selecting Preferences, then tapping on Backup Folder. From there, simply overwrite into the folder name the following...
- In the case of the SMS Backup & Restore; "/mnt/sdcard-ext/SMSBackupRestore/" (without the quotes), or
- In the case of the Call Logs Backup & Restore; "/mnt/sdcard-ext/CallLogBackupRestore/" (again, without the quotes).
I know that it has two radio buttons to select in there, but I don't know if either one works or not, so better safe than sorry.
Both utilities give you the option of either storing individual files for each sequential backup that is made, or doing a running back up where new phone call history or SMS texts are added as an appendage to the original stored data file. The latter preserves storage space, but it does come with a certain level of risk that if that one individual file were to become corrupted, all data could be lost, whereas the individual sequential backups could always be restored up to whichever file became corrupted, thereby recovering, most if not all of your data. Since each sequential backup is an entire backup of all data on the phone at that point, there is a huge amount of redundancy so of course you can manually cull older files as you are confident the newer ones are secure. Personally I go for the single file which is appended with each subsequent backup and they have never let me down.
Also both applications allow for scheduled backups at a predetermined time and also at predetermined intervals (such as with mine where it's set to backup every morning at 4:00am). This way you're never more than 24 hours out of sync and at risk of losing more than the most recent data. Of course for special situations like preparing to do a ROM flash or FDR, you can execute backups instantly through a menu selection, to be sure your backup is "up to the minute".
Both utilities are fast and accurate with no bloat, no fancy graphics or animations, and I have yet to discover any problems with restoring data...no out of order or lost SMS' or phone log entries, no missed backups, just pure function in a minimalist form. In fact they're so fast compared to others I've tried that at first I wondered if they were really preserving everything, but I discovered immediately that they did just that and with perfect order and heirarchy. Finally, they have the option while restoring to check for duplicates so unlike other utilities, an accidental restore of an older backup won't trash your SMS or phone call log chronology with redundant entries.
For the contacts, I simply let Google sync with the phone and the're always on the cloud which allows me to move from phone to phone with no concern for lost contacts.
Of course, your results may vary. Good luck!
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