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10-21-2004, 04:45 PM
Just moments ago I accidentally deleted all tasks from my iPAQ. Thinking that my computer would put them back onto my iPAQ, I placed the iPAQ into its craddle and waited ror the "No Tasks" to change to 142 Tasks. But it didn't. I sycronized. Nothing. Clicked on the task icon in Outlook and my heart fell out of my chest and is still flopping around on the floor. Empty. Empty Empty Empty. Does anyone know if/how I can get them back?
10-22-2004, 03:05 AM
Have you checked your "Deleted Items" folder in Outlook? Maybe that could save the day. If not, you'll have to start from scratch. Could be a blessing after all.
10-22-2004, 05:42 AM
It could only happen with PocketPC. It's difficult to lose everything with Palm.
I've found I've made most of my mistakes in data recovery by panicking and trying different things before I really understood what had happened to my data. The school of hard knocks can be a harsh teacher :-P
I'd recommend you not do anything until you do a little reading and see what your options are.
This is a good place to start.
Second, before you try anything, COPY the entire Outlook program directory from under C:\Program Files\ AND the entire Outlook data directory from C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst (where <user> should be your logon name) to another hard drive or partition, or even better, burn them to a CD. The more backups the better. Sorry, I don't use Outlook so I can't give you mre detailed information.
Then, you can safely try recovering your data.
10-22-2004, 08:02 AM
Thank goodness for the GTD Outlook add-in and thanks for your responses. I did, indeed, arrive this morning thinking that this was an opportunity to start from scratch. After all, I have all my project support files. I could rebuild. So, I have the GTD Outlook Add-In. Ready to rebuild, I open up a new task. If you have the add-in, you know that there is a project bar in the icon menu. Somewhat randomly, I click on that bar and the drop down menu STILL LISTS ALL OF MY PROJECTS! Holy Toledo I let out a “yes” that is still echoing down the hallway. I still have to go thru and rewrite next actions for all of my projects, but just this Tuesday I had relabeled a whole slew of next actions as projects because I realized I was getting a little sloppy and assigning actions to lists instead of creating what should be projects. So, I still have my projects list and the opportunity to start from scratch on writing my outcome statements and next actions.
10-22-2004, 01:35 PM
Yes, back up, and then back up your backups.
I have lost all my lists (my outline in Life Balance with 500-600 items), and this was on a Palm. It was a horrible tragedy for me, and yes, it was the panicked HotSync with the default setting "Handheld overwrites desktop" that killed me. I didn't even realize there was such a setting at the time.
Anyone who has a crash or data problem on a handheld -- do not HotSync without carefully checking the settings and changing to "Desktop overwrites handheld"!
And now, I also back up the desktop backup files to a UNIX file server which is automatically backed up. And I've needed to use it, too.
By the way, i hope every single person who reads this decides right now to set up a DAILY system for backing up Outlook, or whatever software you use.
After all, this software is going to hold almost your entire life.
Contacts, Plans, NA's, Calendar, etc.
Couldn't agree more.
Here's a little bit of FREE help from Microsoft.
Outlook 2003 Add-in Personal Folders Backup (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8b081f3a-b7d0-4b16-b8af-5a6322f4fd01&displaylang=en)
How to use it (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010875321033.aspx)
Don't forget to use it :)