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dabasdabas

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Hi, I’m having a problem with the HTC Notes App on my Rogers HTC One. I have backed up a copy of the folder ".data\HtcNotes" on the SD card, thinking that this folder contains all my notes files. I then wiped my phone and started setup as a new phone. I tried restoring my backed up notes by replacing the folder ".data\HtcNotes" with the one I had backed up earlier but the Notes App does not recognize the restored files. the Notes App works fine, i.e I can create new notes without any problems.

Also, when I try to open the "contentE.html" stored for each note inside subfolders of ".data\HtcNotes", I get unreadable characters. This happens for my new and properly functioning notes as well. Does the Notes App store content in a non-standard html format?. It used to be that the Notes app stored the content in a file called "content.html" which was a normally readable html format, but now it stores in the non-readable " "contentE.html" file.

Please advise how to recover the content of my notes...is there a way I can open the "contentE.html" files in a readable format?. My notes are not synched to the clouds and are stored only locally on the phone.

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dabasdabas

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thanks for the suggestion, I am able to open the "contentE.html" of my old notes using an html editor or browser, but the file contains unreadable characters, as if I'm opening a binary file inside a text editor. The same thing happens for any new notes I create.

I remember in earlier versions of Android, the Notes app used to store the content in a file called "content.html" which was a normally readable html format, but now it stores it in a "contentE.html" file which is not readable by html editors...

attached is an example of the "contentE.html" file from a new note I've just created, it's supposed to be titled "w1" and contain only the word hello...if you try to open it you'll understand what I'm trying to describe...can you guys please check the "contentE.html" on your phone and let me know if you're able to open the file properly outside the Notes app...thanks...
 

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dabasdabas

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guys need your help...can anyone please check the "contentE.html" located in numeric subfolders under ".data\HtcNotes" on the SD card and let me know if you're able to open the file properly outside the Notes app...thanks...
 

kusuma.f

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i use colornote app, its free in playstore, you can sync with gmail,.. if you use another android phone just install same app, and your note will there to
 

mpc007

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BUMP!!

Having the same problem, did a factory reset of my phone and the files arer physically still intact, but I can't open them with Evernote app or HTC Notes app. Alle notes are stored in a folder with a .PNG and a .HTML file, the HTML file contains unreadable text. There's very important info in for me, which I need within a week. Can someone please help? I'm willing to do almost anything to be able to read my files...
 

Phoenipx

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This disappoints me. If you consider yourselves even moderately skilled, this little problem of my should be peanuts.
Please, help me how to restore my notes from the ContentE.html file!!
Try this, create a new note in the HTC Notes app and save it (If it doesn't save, just write random words and exit, it should save then), then go to your .data/HtcNotes folder, find the folder that contains the note you just created. There should be an existing "ContentE.html" file. Delete it and replace it with the file you want to restore.
 

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This disappoints me. If you consider yourselves even moderately skilled, this little problem of my should be peanuts.
Please, help me how to restore my notes from the ContentE.html file!!

I think you're wasting your time, just having the ContentIE.hml file won't be enough, the actual database is stored in /data/data/com.htc.notes (i think), and without that, the app can't link to the contents of the sdcard.
 

mpc007

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I think you're wasting your time, just having the ContentIE.hml file won't be enough, the actual database is stored in /data/data/com.htc.notes (i think), and without that, the app can't link to the contents of the sdcard.

My data folder is indeed empty. However, can't it just be enough to have the raw files from the .data/htcnotes/ folder? I have those, every note exists of a folder with a PNG and a HTML file. They're just not recognised by the Notes App.
 

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My data folder is indeed empty. However, can't it just be enough to have the raw files from the .data/htcnotes/ folder? I have those, every note exists of a folder with a PNG and a HTML file. They're just not recognised by the Notes App.

Yes, but unless i'm mistaken, the Notes app will rely on the database file, which in turn would link to the contents on the sdcard... so even if the contents weren't on the sdcard they would still show up in the notes app, but not vice versa.
And I don't know of any way to reconstruct the database file.... maybe try searching for that.
 

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Yes, but unless i'm mistaken, the Notes app will rely on the database file, which in turn would link to the contents on the sdcard... so even if the contents weren't on the sdcard they would still show up in the notes app, but not vice versa.
And I don't know of any way to reconstruct the database file.... maybe try searching for that.

Nobody found a way yet? right?
 

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If you have a backup of your data (or data partition), you need to restore the contents of /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes (as well as com.htc.notes, i think) and set the file permissions by ES file explorer or sth. This is tested and works (I got this answer off google somewhere else, but since this xda thread is the first result that comes up for searches like "recover htc notes", I (necro-)posted the solution here).

Now comes the hard part: If you don't have backup of com.htc.provider.notes, here's how I suggest you hack it BUT I haven't tested: try adding a new note in an empty instance of the notes app. The file /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes/databases/notes.db will be an SQLite file. Open it with any SQLite editor on your computer and you see IDs and file names in its tables match with the created note in your /sdcard/.data/HtcNotes folder. See if you can modify the notes.db database by adding new rows in all related tables to make the app recognize your old HtcNotes files. Don't forget to change file permissions of notes.db after restoring it to your device (I gave rwx-rwx-rwx to everything I copied). If you're lucky and knowledgeable enough you might be able to fix it.

Lesson to learn: Sync, or use plain-text file next time for writing notes.
 
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Now comes the hard part: If you don't have backup of com.htc.provider.notes, here's how I suggest you hack it BUT I haven't tested: try adding a new note in an empty instance of the notes app. The file /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes/databases/notes.db will be an SQLite file. Open it with any SQLite editor on your computer and you see IDs and file names in its tables match with the created note in your /sdcard/.data/HtcNotes folder. See if you can modify the notes.db database by adding new rows in all related tables to make the app recognize your old HtcNotes files. Don't forget to change file permissions of notes.db after restoring it to your device (I gave rwx-rwx-rwx to everything I copied). If you're lucky and knowledgeable enough you might be able to fix it.

I have a HTC Sensation and I used the HTC Notes app often and so does my girlfriend on her Sensation. I recently changed ROMS on both our phones and have been trying to figure out how the hell to restore our notes. :confused: You indeed need to edit that notes.db as you mentioned. I know you didn't test it, but I just tried your suggestion and it did work on my first try. :victory: Here's what I did:

1) I opened the HTC Notes app and created a new note and named it Blah and saved it.
2) I used ES File Explorer to navigate to /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes. Then I copied the notes.db file to my microsd card.
3) I used DB Browser for SQLite to open the notes.db files that I copied to the card. Then clicked on the tab that says Browse Data, then in the drop down menu where it lets you pick a table, I choose notes. There you can see what notes the HTC Notes app will recognize.
4) The note I created earlier called Blah was on row 2, so I clicked on New Record and carefully made a new entry in row 3 with the same format as row 2. Just VERY carefully edit the columns that say: notebook_id, name, data, saved_time, last_modified_time, saving_time, ap_extra_info, thumdnail_path, widget_screenshot_path, and HTC_CREATED.
5) Verify the info you entered is correct fore ach column, then write changes to the database (File menu, Write Changes.)
6) I copied my now modified notes.db from my sdcard back to /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes ES File Explorer, changed the permissions of the file to match notes.db-journal,
7) And finally, I restarted the HTC Notes app, and the new note I added to the database was recognized. :cool:

I can think of a shorter way of doing this, but I''ll have to test it first. :fingers-crossed: Why did HTC have to complicate this? Why can't the app just read the files that are in the same folder or provide a refresh option to read any new files that may have been added to .data\HtcNotes at the very least? :mad:
 

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    If you have a backup of your data (or data partition), you need to restore the contents of /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes (as well as com.htc.notes, i think) and set the file permissions by ES file explorer or sth. This is tested and works (I got this answer off google somewhere else, but since this xda thread is the first result that comes up for searches like "recover htc notes", I (necro-)posted the solution here).

    Now comes the hard part: If you don't have backup of com.htc.provider.notes, here's how I suggest you hack it BUT I haven't tested: try adding a new note in an empty instance of the notes app. The file /data/data/com.htc.provider.notes/databases/notes.db will be an SQLite file. Open it with any SQLite editor on your computer and you see IDs and file names in its tables match with the created note in your /sdcard/.data/HtcNotes folder. See if you can modify the notes.db database by adding new rows in all related tables to make the app recognize your old HtcNotes files. Don't forget to change file permissions of notes.db after restoring it to your device (I gave rwx-rwx-rwx to everything I copied). If you're lucky and knowledgeable enough you might be able to fix it.

    Lesson to learn: Sync, or use plain-text file next time for writing notes.