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Relocate your data with Pocket Mechanic Professional

by Kerim Satirli on Aug 15


Move Pocket PC data to storage card and free RAMLast week, we discussed the best practices when it comes to relocating your software from the internal memory to a (often) much bigger storage card.

 

This week, we will look at how you can utilize Pocket Mechanic Professional to relocate some (or all) of the data that is stored in your device.

 

Before we begin, let me explain what kind of caches we are talking about:

 

  • Email / Text Messages
  • Pocket Internet Explorer

 

The longer you keep using your device, the bigger those caches will grow. Me, for example, I am an avid user of text messages and email and I have some 1400 text messages alone on my device. Then there is the cookies and temporary data you acquire while surfing on your device.

 

Mobile connections are often times sluggish and / or expensive and so it makes sense to keep as much data in a cache as possible. The only problem with that is that, eventually, you will run out of space.

 

The first step towards a device with more available internal memory is to select the correct option in the relocate menu:

 

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The default settings are tried and tested so you do not need to change anything unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Once again, you should note that this process could, possibly, render your device unusable and may require you to carry out a hard-reset. While we have done our level-best to ensure that this process is non-destructive, we can not guarantee that it will work all the time. However, it is safe to say that, if you stick to this guide, you will not experience any problems. Do make sure to back up your data before you start and verify that your backups work either way.

 

The second screen will present you with a number of options to select from. Pocket Mechanic Professional is not just limited to moving pre-installed application caches, but can also work with such useful applications as NetFront, Opera and Journal Bar.

 

For this guide, I will select the Outlook cache, however, the steps are similar, no matter which option you choose.

 

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After selecting the cache you want to move, you will be asked to pick a folder where Pocket Mechanic Professional should store the relocated data. A good place for this is either \Storage (if available) or \Storage Card.

 

As soon as you entered your choice, you will be presented with a quick overview of what is about to happen. If you spot anything that looks out of the ordinary, press the Cancel button, otherwise continue by pressing Next.

 

During the next minute (or minutes, depending on the size of your cache), Pocket Mechanic Professional will move all the data that belongs to your cache to the location you specified. You should at no point power off or reset your device during this step.

 

In order to successfully move your messages, Pocket Mechanic Professional will have to disable your Messaging plugin for the Today screen. The reason for that is the way that Pocket Outlook and Windows Mobile are set up:

 

Many users store their attachments on a storage card and that, in itself is no problem. However, due to the fact that the Messaging Today Screen plugin gets initialized before Storage Cards are loaded, you will end up with not one, but two folders with the name Storage Card. The first folder is initialized by Pocket Outlook and is defined as the location where attachments will be stored.

 

Then, later in the startup process, the Storage Cards are loaded and a second folder with the same name will be made available to the file system. Due to the way that file systems are set up however, no two folders in the same location can have a matching name and so the second folder is called Storage Card2. Pocket Outlook, however, expects both the attachment storage and the data cache to be available under Storage Card and as such will throw an error.

 

The easiest way to work around this is to either not store attachments on a storage card, or to store the attachments in the file system as opposed to the Outlook data cache.

 

If you do not store attachments on a storage card, you can just re-enable the plugin after the first reboot and it will stay enabled (and working) indefinitely.

 

This is necessary because Windows Mobile puts a lock on important files that are about to be updated and as long as the plugin is in use, these files cannot be updated.

 

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Once the process has completed, you will be presented with a confirmation dialogue. By clicking on Close, followed by Next you will be transferred to a table that lists the various activities that Pocket Mechanic Professional has carried out:

 

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Once you have checked the listing, click on Ok and Pocket Mechanic Professional will alert you that you need to reboot your device. Confirm the selection by tapping Yes once and you will be presented with another prompt. If you really want to soft-reset your device, press Yes now and as soon as the reboot process of your device is completed, the relocation process, too, will be finished.

 

As with our previous guide, you can see that relocating data is not all that difficult (or dangerous) as it may appear to be at first. Make sure to follow every step as described and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them here.

 

See also: Relocate your software with Pocket Mechanic Professional


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