Over at Symbian-Guru, Rita has posted her 'Ultimate guide to switching devices' which has some helpful tips for your standard user with a locked down S60 device. At the end of her guide, Rita mentions that there are still some things that she couldn't transfer over from one phone to the other. I'm here to fix that.
Note: To perform these back ups you will need full access to C:\. See my video guide here on how to do so.
Access Point settings? Piece of cake:
To back up your access point settings navigate to C:\Private\10202be9\persists. Scroll down until you find a file called cccccc00.cre and copy it to your memory card. When you need to move your access points to a new phone, just send over the .cre file, paste it into the appropriate directory and restart.
Profiles? As easy as 1-2-3:
To back up Profile settings navigate to C:\Private\10202be9\persists. Scroll down until you find 101f8798.cre and copy it to your memory card. When you need to move your profile settings, just move the .cre file to the appropriate folder and restart.
Web Cookies? Here you are:
To back up your web cookies, navigate to C:\Private\101f8530. Copy the file called cookies.dat to your memory card. Whenever you need to restore your cookies, just copy them to the above location and restart.
Notes? pfft, give me a challenge:
Notes are stored in a file named as DBS_101F8878_Notepad.dat. This file can be found in C:\Private\100012a5. Copy the file to your memory card and your notes will forever be safe. Tip: If you can't delete the original file, this is because the system is using it. To get past this just go to Tools>Utilities>Memory and from the options choose to make a backup of the phone memory. While this is being done, you can delete and replace files as you wish!
Ngage data? Sure thing:
Backing up Ngage saves is slightly more difficult. To back up your Ngage saves, go to C:\private\20007b39. Here you will see a bunch of other folders. Copy the folders that start with 200 to your memory card as these contain the game data for each game you've downloaded. Whenever you need to restore your saves, just copy these files back over!
Bluetooth? Oh come on!:
For Bluetooth settings, there's two files. In C:\Private\10202be9\persists, you'll find 10204dac.cre. This file contains your bluetooth name. If you want to save your paired bluetooth devices, copy over DBS_100069CC_btregistry which is in C:\Private\100012a5.
Browser Bookmarks? *Yawn*:
Browser bookmarks are saved in a file called DBS_101FD685_BrowserBookmarks.db. It can be found in C:\Private\100012a5.
Menu Layout? I'm falling asleep here, guys:
The settings for your menu layout(for FP1) are stored inside appshelldata.xml which is located in C:\Private\101F4CD2\Content. If you have a pre-FP1 device for example the N73 or N80, your file is located in the same folder but it's called Applications.dat.
Text Messages stored on memory card? *Zzzzzzzz*:
If you backup the mail2 folder that can be found in E:\Private\1000484b you'll never need to worry about the safety of your text messages again.
If you would like to back up some settings/information that I haven't listed here, just post a comment and I'll see if I can find the corresponding files.