Backup m500 or Clié onto an Expansion Card

Blue Nomad has released BackupBuddyVFS, which is designed to work with Palms that have external storage options that support the Virtual File System, such as the Palm m500 and m505 and the Sony Clié. It lets users backup their handheld’s contents to and restore from the SD and MMC expansion cards and Memory Sticks. It costs $5 and a free, limited function version called BackupBuddyVFS:Free is available, too. The full version will also be included with BackupBuddy.

BackupBuddyVFS' features include:

  • One touch backup and restore of files to and from an expansion card
  • Ability to customize what is backed up or restored
  • Ability to backup organizer every time handheld is powered down
  • Ability to set a time every day when BackupBuddyVFS will run a backup
  • Jog dial support
  • Optionally backs up files deleted from the organizer
  • Ability to beam or delete files on the handheld from within BackupBuddyVFS
  • Displays the status of backup and restore operations while they are in progress
BackupBuddyVFS:Free is limited to manually backing up and restoring the entire contents of main memory.

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They beat Brayder Technologies to the draw

PFloyd @ 4/27/2001 11:03:37 AM #
I think it's pretty impressive that BlueNomad is already releasing a backup product for the new Palms!

registered users

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 2:43:38 PM #
Good day,

What about current registered users of Blue Nomad's BackupBuddy? will they be provided the VFS program for free, as an upgrade of will we have to purchase the VFS program separately?

RE: registered users
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 5:33:11 PM #
I'm a registered user of BackUpBuddy and received an email from Blue Nomad with instructions on how to download this version for free.

any advantage

scouter075 @ 4/27/2001 2:48:25 PM #
Does this have any advantage over using Palm's Memory card in the 500/505?

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RE: any advantage
Ed @ 4/27/2001 4:10:24 PM #
Dennis, I guess I wasn't clear in the article. This is a bit of software that copies the entire contents of RAM onto an SD, MMC, or Memory Stick. It can also copy it back. You have to provide the card. It isn't meant to be a replacement for the Palm Launcher app, it is really just for doing backup/restore.

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RE: any advantage
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 7:50:57 PM #
If you are asking what the advantage of this is over Palm's *Backup* card, then I'd say it's probably just that you don't have to dedicate an entire card to it. I haven't looked at it in detail, but I think that you can probably use your MMC card to hold apps, docs, etc. as well as keeping your backup info on the same card.

RE: any advantage
scouter075 @ 4/28/2001 1:51:31 PM #
From what you all say, it's probably most useful to get the 16md card and use BB. I've already got BB and it's saved my butt a couple of times.

I picked up a 16mb card at Staples. Now if I only had a 505 to put it in....

Thanks for the advice.

scouter075@mindspring.com

It's Crap

nXt @ 4/28/2001 4:13:19 AM #
It's Crap. Using Clie with memory syick, this stupid program takes 3 seconds to copy/backup a 1k file!!
A better program is called CardBackup recently posted on palmgear.com works wonders.
But, as a Clie user, we have now have 4 programs to choose from:
McFile (Clie only..good)
CardBackup (great)
JackBack (almost crap)
BackUpBuddyVFS (crap)
[Written on PDA]
RE: It's Crap
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2001 1:00:57 PM #
BackupBuddy is not crap. Try doing an incremental backup with CardBackup - you can't. The second full backup with BackupBuddy is much faster than CardBackup.

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