Activesync deleted all my contacts and backup PIM

I got the same problem as discussed here: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsmobileactivesync/thread/0cf982f7-c187-41ba-b51d-6e8cf48e63ca.

I synced my phone to my PC and all my contacts got deleted.
I was really pissed off. I spent a lot of time searching online trying to restore my lost contacts.

“completely deleted from the phone, they were just made unavailable”. I searched through pim.vol. I did see some old contacts information. But it seems most of them were damaged.

I tried the perl parser from http://www.tech-archive.net/Archive/PocketPC/microsoft.public.pocketpc.developer/2007-10/msg00266.html to read information from pim.vol. I didn’t get lost contacts back.

I also tried Pocket dbExplorer 3.1 from http://www.phatware.com/index.php?q=product/details/dbexplorer, as described here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=315545. It just confirmed the lost information was just lost.

So I have to give up.
From this, I learned some lessons to backup PIM.
1. backup pim.vol at root
2. use PPCPimBackup from http://www.dotfred.net/.
3. use SKTools from http://www.s-k-tools.com/, which has a lot of features. It can backup PIM, SIM card and contacts databases etc. PIM seems to be only for phone memory. Database backup for contacts databases seems to be for both phone and SIM card contacts.
4. use dbExplorer. Export or import .csv database from or to pim.vol.
5. use JeyoMobileCompanion.

If you want to backup all PIM, 1 and 2 should be the best.

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Tmobile Dash with Window Mobile Alarm Keeps going off

My Tmobile Dash alarm keeps going off. I did a search and found out this is a common problem for Dash. It said, windows mobile with other phones than HTC also have this problem.

Solution:
Get SKTool (Clean up and uninstaller utility)
Official website: http://s-k-tools.com/index.html?skto…feat.html#lite
Using Keygen: http://www.dreamstrikes.com/applications-pocket-pc-pda-palm-os-mobiles/18592-sktools-v4-4-6-2-incl-keygen-sympda.html

1. Load SKTools Smartphone Edition
2. Select View -> Maintenance -> Notifications Queue
3. Scroll to the bottom of the list and there should be multiple entries already checked for “Clock.exe”.
4. Select Action -> Delete marked
5. Do a soft reset (turn off then back on).

Then I switched to another alarm clock applications, such as gentimer, ct alarm master etc.