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I recently have had to do a full restore to factory setting on my iPhone and now i want to copy my SMS messages from an old backup into a new backup made from the restored phone. I need to do this as the old backups cause my phone to crash regularly.

I have retrieved my original sms backup file 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 from C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ and would like to copy it into the latest backup. When i try, the restore fails and itunes says it's corrupt.

When i open the file (in windows or mac or ubuntu) to view the data, i can see a lot of what looks like junk characters.

I cannot open the file in SQLite either.

The file must be okay, as if i do restore the old backup to the phone i can see the messages.

Anybody have similar experience and solution?

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1.Why cant you use iTunes 2. Why did you ask this question in Stackoverflow.com? –  Eswar Rajesh Pinapala Jun 22 '12 at 7:19
how is this a programming question? –  Omar Abdelhafith Jun 22 '12 at 7:22
Probably need to move this question over to apple.stackexchange.com –  tarheel Jun 23 '12 at 20:34

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