6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2010 3:19 PM by wjosten
ozcatwoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
This afternoon I inadvertently - and still without knowing how - while viewing a NOTE created on my iPhone in my MacBook's Mail program, deleted it. I'd like to extract it from a back-up (even if just the text).

From Google, I've worked out:
* backup files for iPhone are stored on your computer at ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
* the files are stored as *.mddata and *.mdinfo files. The former are binary libraries that Apple use to store data, while the latter are text files that don't seem to be viewable with something like TextEdit
* to view *.mddata files you download SQLite Manager, a plug-in for Firefox

So, for example, if you want to retrieve your SMS, you open SQLite then open the file called 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.mddata and you can export your SMS as a CSV file (amongst other file types). I tried this for this file and it works, so I know my backup files are not encrypted.

I've tried going through all of the backup files (*.mddata) to find the one that stores my Solitaire app stats and advertisements stats but ...

MY QUESTION: which of the backup files (*.mddata) is for NOTES on the iPhone?

Is anybody able to help?

Message was edited by: ozcatwoman

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