Do you lose your info, data if the battery dies?

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  1. Larman

    Larman Mr. Bluetooth

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    Researching a tungsten 'e' for my boss.

    Will the data be lost if the battery reaches 0% or very low battery?
     
  2. Jasini

    Jasini Mobile Evangelist

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    When the battery goes below 10% or so, it automatically turns itself off. It's supposed to hold the information for a week or two after that, but I've not actually tested that.
     
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    My understanding is if the battery goes completely dead you will lose all data and applications that you installed. It is the same as a hard reset. But it is really not such a catastrophe as all this info is backed up on your PC each time you do a HotSync. There are also ways to back up your data to a SD expansion card.

    Palms and Pocket PCs are beginning to show up with backup batteries installed. My iPAQ 1940 has a rechargable Lithium Ion main battery and a rechargable NiMh backup battery.
     
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    After the battery is low enough not to turn the unit on any more, you should still have 4-5 days before the voltage is too low to power the RAM. As long as your boss HotSyncs regularly (say once a day), he should be fine.
     
  5. SGosnell

    SGosnell Palm Pilot

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    If you (or your boss) have critical data on the Palm, then you absolutely must get an SD card and a backup program. I use BackupMan, and have it set to automatically back up my Palm to the SD card early every morning, keeping 3 automatic backups on the card just in case. Thus if the battery dies, or I get a hard reset, or I just need to replace something, I can have everything restored immediately, with no need to be at the PC where I did my hotsync. I have almost all my apps running from the card, and most of my data saved there, so battery failures aren't really of that much concern. I can pop my SD card into another Palm and have everything restored within a minute or so. You still want to hotsync daily, and keep copies of that. I also periodically back up my SD card to my hard drive using a card reader, just in case the card gets lost or destroyed.
     
  6. Larman

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    Thanks all.
     
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