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« on: December 31, 2004, 12:05:50 AM »

I want to know if this is possible because I upgraded my computer from ME to XP I lost all my emails in Outlook Express 5 and from Outlook XP.

Is there anyway I can recover those emails from ME? Now, I'm using Outlook Express 6 and reinstalled Outlook XP (from office XP).

My thinking is that those emails should still be within the computer because they were still in the Inbox folder of each program. Am I looking in the wrong folders? Mainly C:\program files\outlook express and c:\program files\microsoft office

Any ideas would be grateful. Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2004, 01:22:33 AM »

Hi CrazyJo

From the Outlook Express menu select Tools | Options | Maintenance and click the StoreFolder button. You see a dialog with the name of the directory that has your mail files. If you look in that directory you find files named after your mail folders and news groups. They all have a .DBX suffix. Outlook Express keeps all messages in these database files. If you make copies of these files regularly, you'll have a safe backup of your OE mail.  

Restore (if necessary): To restore the backup data, just copy it back to the directory. You can selectively restore folders by just copying specific files back. Alternatively, you can use OE's File | Import | Messages feature to import one or more of the backup folders. Email Account Settings

As far as we know, the procedure works for all kind of email: The regular SMTP / POP3 based email, MAPI, IMAP or even the free Hotmail Account, that is built into Outlook. For Hotmail, however, some messages and settings might be stored only at the Hotmail server ( = somewhere at Microsoft !) and not on your local PC.

Here is the path:


C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Identities\{BF62A8C0-6BBB-11D8-9C55-ED996F2E970A}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

http://www.iopus.com/guides/oe-backup.htm
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2004, 02:03:16 AM »

The folder doesn't seem to exist (c:\windows\application data) in my computer :S and the Identities folder is not in the backup .rar file...
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004, 02:10:37 AM »

XP setup didn't format the hard drive when it was being installed did it?

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2004, 03:10:59 AM »

no, i dont think so because all programs were still there whether or not they were compatible with xp or not. All my previous documents were placed in a different spot but they were still there.
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