Your old Nokia phone may have saved its data in the.nbf file format, which is now obsolete. Other phones are unable to recognise this information, but a simple adjustment on your computer can resolve the problem.. There are files with the.nbf extension that are stored by NTI Backup Now software, but this is a different format that requires a different approach.
Method 1 Getting Data from a Nokia Backup File
1. Send the.nbf file to a computer so it can be opened. Sending the.nbf file to a PC or Mac via Bluetooth or another file transfer system is recommended. The quickest method of transferring a file is through the use of a USB cable, provided that your phone allows you to access “mass storage” when you connect.
2. Obtain access to the.nbf file’s properties. On your computer, right-click the.nbf file, or Control-click on a one-button Mac, to open the file. Make your selection from the drop-down menu by selecting one of the following options:
Mac: Get Info
3. Change the file extension to.zip instead of.rar. Look for the text field containing the file name in the Properties or Information window of the computer. Delete the letter “nbf” and replace it with the letter “zip.” If you are prompted by a popup window, confirm your selection.
You may need administrator access to change the file.
If the .nbf extension is not visible, go to Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Folder Options → View tab → uncheck Hide extensions for known file types → OK.
4. Open the file on your computer. To open the file, simply double-click it. Otherwise, right-click the file and select “Extract” or “Open With,” then select a zip extraction programme from the drop-down menu that appears. Opening the file should display it as a folder with other folders and files contained within it.
If this doesn’t work, try right-clicking and selecting “Open With” “Windows Explorer” from the menu.
5. Locate the information you require. In most cases, your phone contacts are stored in.vcf files, which are typically located in the following directory: predefhiddenfolder > backup > WIP 32 contacts
6. Combine all of your contacts into a single file (optional). Many devices require you to transfer your contact cards one by one, which is inconvenient. Putting all of the cards into a single file will expedite the process, but be aware that some devices and programmes are not designed to handle more than one contact per card. Remember to keep your old cards on hand as a backup in case this does not work.
In Windows, go to Start and type cmd. In the cmd window, type the path to the contacts file you want to use. To create a new file, type copy *.vcf all contacts.vcf into the command line.
Open the Terminal application on your Mac. In the command prompt, type the path to the contacts file you want to use. To create the merged file, type cat *.vcf > all contacts.vcf into the command line.
The location can be discovered by right-clicking the contacts folder and selecting “Properties” or “Get Info.” Copy the location information and, if necessary, append the contact information after it.
7. Transfer your contact information to a new phone number if necessary. Copying and pasting the entire contacts folder or individual.vcf files into another folder is no longer necessary anymore. To gain access to the information stored within, here are a few options:
Send yourself an email with the.vcf files attached to let yourself know what you’ve done. To download your.vcf files, open the email on your smartphone and tap the corresponding links.
If you have contacts stored in iCloud or another cloud storage service, go to that service and look for a “Import vCard” option to import.
Transfer your.vcf files to the phone’s SD card directly from your computer using Android. Open the Contacts app on your phone and select Menu Import Import from external memory from the drop-down menu. Restart the application.
To use the.vcf files on your phone if your phone only accepts.csv files, first import them into your computer’s Contacts folder or your Gmail contacts. Then export them as.csv files from within the programme.
8. Open the.vcf files on your computer by double-clicking them. When you open the contacts in Microsoft Outlook, Contacts, Address Book, or any other programme that stores contacts, you will be able to transfer them to your computer. It’s possible that you’ll need to open the programme first before navigating to File Import. In the event that you are prompted to select a file type, select.vsf or vCard.
Import the cards into Excel or another spreadsheet programme if you want to read them without adding anyone to your contact list as a result.
Method 2 Restoring from an NTI Backup Now File
1. Now is a good time to open NTI Backup. The likelihood is that if you discover an unidentified.nbf file on your computer, it was generated by NTI Backup Now. It’s possible that this file backup programme came pre-installed on your hard drive. If you are unable to locate NTI Backup Now on your computer, you can obtain a free trial version from NTIcorp.
This.nbf file format is not the same as the one used by Nokia mobile phones, which is.nbf. NTI Backup Now will not be able to assist you in gaining access to your phone data.
2. Browse nbf files. Click the “File and Folder Restore” tab to view a list of nbf files.
3. Only files that are missing or damaged will be restored. The Restore button will return the selected file(s) to the state they were in before the backup was selected. This file will be deleted if there is already a file with the same name on your computer. Always proceed with caution and make certain that you do not overwrite any important files.
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