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    So here is the scoop. I used my old pc for my back up for my iphone 3gs.
    My pc crashed so I bought a new macbook pro. When I tried backing my iphone to that it never saved any of my stuff to itunes. I even authorized the phone to that computer.. nothing... I eventually went a different rout and downloaded some programs to get my music off and photos off on to my computer but left my contacts on my phone. I decided to call AppleCare to see what the deal was about why I couldn't back my phone up. Well after a little conversation and what not the lady told me to sync my phone, I hadn't done that yet and I knew that if I had that I would lose my contacts. Sure enough it wiped them clear off the phone and I had to tell her the reason why it didn't work. She was amazed it didn't work and couldn't figure out why even tho I told her my contacts weren't backed in to itunes. So that got me no where and now I am stuck with no contacts and my pc is dead so I can't get them off of there. My question is, is there a program that I can SSH into my iphone to see if they contacts are still there and if so can I pull them out? I figure it is a long shot, I had WinSCP on my pc and it would allow me to get into my iphone, but am not sure with a mac. Let me know if you have any help or need any further information. I have a feeling I screwed up on this one.



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    Ok! So going to ifile I located the contacts and they are actually still there, I think? From what I can read, I can still see contact names. SO! how do I get those on to my mac?

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    Update:
    I feel like I'm just talking to myself lol, but I sshed into the phone found the address book file and transferred it to my desktop. Now, I need to know how to convert the text. It's in SQlite. Any suggestions on that?

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    If the sync wiped the contacts from your phone, retrieving the address book db won't help much. You are in forensic recovery land now (looking for strings of deleted text that the sqlitedb engine hasn't yet cleaned up)

    My first suggestion would have been to look for a recent iTunes backup of the iPhone (again syncing will normally overwrite this backup so you are probably screwed with that option as well)

    My second suggestion would have been to copy the address book sqlite db from the iPhone BEFORE you synced the iPhone to iTunes.

    Finally, my experience is that to get the "merge contacts" option, you need to try and sync the iPhone with either a different computer or with a different user account on the same computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post
    If the sync wiped the contacts from your phone, retrieving the address book db won't help much. You are in forensic recovery land now (looking for strings of deleted text that the sqlitedb engine hasn't yet cleaned up)

    My first suggestion would have been to look for a recent iTunes backup of the iPhone (again syncing will normally overwrite this backup so you are probably screwed with that option as well)

    My second suggestion would have been to copy the address book sqlite db from the iPhone BEFORE you synced the iPhone to iTunes.

    Finally, my experience is that to get the "merge contacts" option, you need to try and sync the iPhone with either a different computer or with a different user account on the same computer.
    So what is the point of sqlite? It really seems like all my contacts are strung out in the many of lines of "code" or whatever. I just never learned or figured out why if all the information I can see is there, why can't I get it converted to a text that would allow me to pull that info and store it on my computer. The sqlite db doesn't help me if I cant use it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danman03 View Post
    So what is the point of sqlite? It really seems like all my contacts are strung out in the many of lines of "code" or whatever. I just never learned or figured out why if all the information I can see is there, why can't I get it converted to a text that would allow me to pull that info and store it on my computer. The sqlite db doesn't help me if I cant use it.
    sqlite3 is a database format, there are a few GUI apps that can open this database format and show you the tables/views within it.

    My point though is that if you have "synced" and deleted the contacts, then they won't be recoverable via normal sqlite3 database access routines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post
    sqlite3 is a database format, there are a few GUI apps that can open this database format and show you the tables/views within it.

    My point though is that if you have "synced" and deleted the contacts, then they won't be recoverable via normal sqlite3 database access routines
    Well that makes sense. I shouldn't have listened to the lady telling me to sync when I knew my contacts weren't on my computer. Noob style. I appreciate the help, you always seem to help me out. Thanks.

 

 

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