Saturday, July 26, 2008

Extracting SMS Messages from Nokia NBU Backup File

I downloaded the latest Nokia PC Suite software for my ailing Nokia Communicator 9500, to backup everything, and to be able to read the SMS messages on the PC and delete the 1000+ SMS messages I have in my mobile...

After taking a full backup of everything, then another backup of SMS, Calendar and Contacts only, and while the phone was connected to the PC, I was able to view the messages, which made me think that the software downloaded them to the PC, so I proceeded to deleting some of them. After deleting about 200 or so, and having the mobile disconnected from the PC, I wasn't able to read them from the PC!!!
Apparently, the software was reading directly from the mobile and it had kept no copy, other than the backups that I took!

After 5 minutes of a panic attack followed by curses, I decided to restore the SMS messages from the backup to the phone. The software was kind enough to give me the choice to restore the SMS messages only, and not shove everything into my face, or the mobile's. The process took time, and the existing messages were not duplicated! But the process never finished; it got stuck at the end, so I canceled the operation but the messages were back.

I started looking for software to extract the messages from the .NBU backup file, which the Nokia software produced, since they're too retarded to present the option.
I was able to find only one piece of software that is both free and works! It's also able to extract the messages into one file (text, HTML, CSV, PDF, and more), or each message in a file. And to top it all, it can produce a table of contents of the messages!

The software's name is: ABC Amber NBU Converter. Here's a page with some description, but I don't know the software's original site, so I'm not sure if the linked page's file is safe from viruses. Make sure to scan it.

I'm glad Nokia didn't include the option to download the SMS messages to the PC, because it gave me yet another reason why I should dump Nokia altogether, and to find this beautiful piece of software.

Kudos to its creator(s).

16 comments:

Flamingoliya said...

never knew about this blog. i can't read anything! my eyes hurt! why save LCD energy? :p

MBH said...

The background is black, the text is silver.

LCDs don't need energy to produce the black color since the backlit is turned off (hence black).

Flamingoliya said...

yeah, but what im trying to say is that no need to save energy... since it's hard to read on black bg

MBH said...

No one complained before :/

You're just not used to it.. there's a first time for everything :p

Anonymous said...

LCDs don't need energy to produce the black color since the backlit is turned off (hence black).

I sincerely hope that was intended as a joke...

MBH said...

Anonymous,

Actually, it wasn't, and I did look around and found out that I'm mistaken.

Here's a proof of my mistake:
Is Black The New Green?, Study: Blackle vs. Google

And saying that the backlit goes off when the bg is black, is completely idiotic. No clue what I was thinking! heh

Anonymous said...

You can also try Noki at www.nokisoft.com. Noki is a Nokia backup file explorer(.nbu, .nfb, .nfc, .cdb and .arc)

MBH said...

I tried it and it didn't do the job as I expected. I think because it required registration, otherwise it extracts only 50 entries.

Anonymous said...

I love you :P I was looking for a FREEWARE to do this job for a long time...

MBH said...

Anonymous, Glad I helped :D

Ashish said...

Hey thats a great help. Thanks a lot.

Raman said...

that was a quick and helpful one.. here's the official link.. http://www.processtext.com/abcnbu.html

Anonymous said...

Please try Noki - it's a Nokia backup file explorer and extractor.

MBH said...

Noki is a commercial app. My solution is free.

alarmshark said...

hye.. really3 thanks for ur info.
but i was curious what software r u using as u stated:
"After 5 minutes of a panic attack followed by curses, I decided to restore the SMS messages from the backup to the phone. The software was kind enough to give me the choice to restore the SMS messages only, and not shove everything into my face, or the mobile's. The process took time, and the existing messages were not duplicated! But the process never finished; it got stuck at the end, so I canceled the operation but the messages were back."
because i have download abc amber nbu but i i dont know how to save to my n95. i like to know what software u use as u stated above other than nokia pc suite and ovi suite.
please help me..
thanks in advanced.

MBH said...

alarmshark,

"The software's name is: ABC Amber NBU Converter."