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  1. ian_s

    ian_s Newbie

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    Hi,
    I recently suffered a hard drive crash. Upon restoring, Palm desktop will no longer read the user date file. The file doesn't have an Icon.

    When I click on i,t Palm desktop opens, but goes to import, and the import preview shows random characters.

    I can open the file in text edit and see my contact data.

    I have tried many things but no luck. I wonder if anyone knows the file extension for the user data file? or any other solutions to see the data in palm desktop?
    Thanks,
    Ian
     
  2. r0k

    r0k Dazed

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    Do you still have the data on a Palm device? You could hotsync it back over. This time remember to export the data from Palm Desktop. That's how I migrated to Blackberry and eventually to iPhone. You can then import it to iCal, address, etc.

    As for what that file is named... I'm running Lion and I haven't been able to run Palm Desktop since I got Snow Leopard ( a really long time) but I took a look at my (now dormant) files. They are in a file called ~/Documents/Palm/Users/yourhotsyncname/User Data, where ~ is an alias for your home folder. There is no file extension and OSX Lion doesn't know how to open the file so "show package contents" is missing. I took a look at the file in textwrangler. Sure enough, it has some plain text but it is surrounded by a lot of binary. The file isn't like an excel csv file you can simply open with a text editor and get everything out. The file date says I haven't touched it since June 2010 and even then all I was doing was firing up Palm Desktop to examine my old address book to recover from the mess Missing Sync and Blackberry Desktop Manager were making of my data. If I get a chance, I'll fire up my old G4 which can still run Palm Desktop and see what the file looks like over there.
     
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    ian_s Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply Jeff.
    I dont have a PDA so I can't hotsync.

    I feel the issue is that the user data file is only seen as a plain document, not something Palm desktop will recognize.
    If I had the correct extension added to the file, I would hope:
    1. the icon would change to palm.
    2.File kind as listed in the finder window.
    3. Palm desktop would recognize it.

    Ian

    I was able to figure out the extension... it is .dat this changes the icon and kind, But palm desktop still doesn't like the file.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2012
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