[NTLK] NOS Backups and Restores

Alan Grassia alan.grassia at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 07:50:44 PDT 2021

Aloha Newton Friends,


Today’s question is about making Newton backups to a storage card and restoring them.


I have two Newtons: a MessagePad 2000 running Newton OS 2.1 (717260)-1 and a MessagePad 2000 that has been upgraded by Apple to a MessagePad 2100 also running Newton OS 2.1 (717260)-1.  I will refer to the upgraded Newton as a 2100 here.


I have read the MessagePad 2000 User’s Manual pg 211 on how to backup and restore a Newton.  In my opinion, the manual implies backing up and restoring to the same Newton.  I also took a look at the Newton OS section of the Newton FAQ (http://newtonfaq.com/newton-faq-nos.html#IIIB3a) for mention of backing up and restoring to a storage card and, unless I missed it, I didn’t see anything about backing up on one device, and restoring it to a second.


So, my question comes down to this: Can I safely run a backup on my Newton MessagePad 2000 to its storage card, load the card into my upgraded MessagePad 2100, and restore the backup without causing too much havoc?


Once the backup is restored, I intend to operate both Newtons as separate devices.  I am looking for a quick way to get the MessgePad 2100 to match the MessagePad 2000 as a starting point.


I presume that what I’m trying to do is ok, but you know what happens when you assume, and it’s not like I can get my Newton serviced by Apple if I brick it.






MessagePad 2000

MessagePad 2100


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