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Old 02-15-2009, 10:35 AM
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Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

I want to reread a conversation I had while texting a few weeks back but it seems that I can't find a program to open the .pib file that PIMBackup saves as.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:31 PM
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

I really need help with this as well, i need to get my contacts out of a pib file. i opened the pdc inside with notepad but most of it was scrambled. any help?
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

i still haven't been able to find an answer to my question :/ but lately i started using microsoft's My phone to back up my contacts and look up my texts.

the next time i reflash to a new ROM, i'm going to load up all my PIMBackup files and then back it up to My Phone, so i'll kind of be transferring the files over.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:26 PM
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

not an option for me, i've already traded my TP in and don't have access to another windows phone.
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

im just gonna go out on a limb here because i have no idea either, but would it be as simple as using WINCE to rename the file?
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

PIB files are just zip files. So copy the file to the desktop and rename it to *.zip. Extract the zip file, and you should be able to read the contacts. I don't backup any messages, so I don't know how to go about reading those, but I was able to read the contacts in excel. They were semicolon delimited.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:29 PM
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

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PIB files are just zip files. So copy the file to the desktop and rename it to *.zip. Extract the zip file, and you should be able to read the contacts. I don't backup any messages, so I don't know how to go about reading those, but I was able to read the contacts in excel. They were semicolon delimited.
Should just be able to get winrar to unarchive it without having to rename. I believe i have done this before with other file formats following the same process.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:13 AM
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

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Should just be able to get winrar to unarchive it without having to rename. I believe i have done this before with other file formats following the same process.
You're right. I did it with 7zip which should be about the same. Once I expanded the pib file all the categories ( Contacts, Tasks, Messages ) were separate sub files. Messages was a pbm file. I opened it with Excel, specified comma delimited and was able to read the messages with all the associated info such as sender, phone number, etc. It's not pretty but it works.
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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

hi guys!! I've try to open my backup file *.pib with winrar, 7zip, winzip, but only winrar open me it. But I've a problem! when I open it with winrar, it open the file but it give me an error:

"corrupted"

how I can open it?? it's true important for me!!! there are all my contacts!!!! I can't lose them!! please give me an answer there:

r.drummer@arseaworld.com

thanks so much guys!!

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Re: Is it possible to view PIMBackup files (.pib) with a Text Editor?

my pib file has a pbc file inside. I don't have excel to open the file with. are you sure this will work?
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