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Importing Email Messages in Outlook Express

by polaris6 / February 8, 2012 10:32 PM PST

I have a PC, XP(3), laptop.

Recently I 'lost' a 'chunk' of my email messages; they just disappeared, like from Sep 2010 to Nov 2011. I backed up the message folder in Nov 2011 and I have those dbx files available.

The questiion is, how can I import (from my backup email message file, only those email messages I need to 'fill the gap in my current message list?

I am thinking of creating a new account, importing the entire backup file an then deleting those messages I don't need for the 'filler. Then same that mail message folder and import just that into my current messages.

The question I have with this process, is will the partial messages list write over the existing list and I wind up with just the partial list, or will importing the partial list 'fill in' where there is a gap in the current list?

Thank you

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How I did this.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 3:06 AM PST

1. I made a new mailfolder in Outlook Express.
2. I exited the program.
3. In Windows Explorer I went to the folder where OE stores its .dbx files.
4. I copied a .dbx file with the mails I was interested in OVER the newly created one.
5. I went into OE again and dragged that mails out of this new folder to their final place.
6. I repeated 2 through 5 as often as necessary.
7. I deleted that temporary mailfolder in Outlook Express.
8. I made a new backup.


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Importing Email Messages in Outlook Express
by polaris6 / February 9, 2012 12:08 PM PST
In reply to: How I did this.

I am having a little difficulty with this process. Let me try to explain...
I create a new folder in mail list, eg. 'AAAMessage Box' (I used the AAA* to be sure the folder is listed near the top of the page.
I then exit OE; when I go to the folder store area, I notice there is a 'dbx' file 'AAAMessage Box.dbx', and, of course, it is empty.
I have already copied the dbx file that contains the mails I want into a folder on the HD; I have named that file 'Inbox1.dbx'
Your instructions above say to copy this file OVER the new, but empty 'AAAMessage Box.dbx' file(I assume that is what you meant)....If I did that, will I not get a file (Inbox1.dbx) occupying that space where the AAAMessage Box.dbx file was?
Should I, instead, rename the 'Inbox1.dbx' file (the file that has the mails I want to transfer) to read 'AAAMessage Box.dbx' and replace the empty 'AAAMessage Box.dbx' file with the renamed Inbox1.dbx file? This would/should but the transferred email messages in the AAAMessageBox mail folder when I open OE again (this is a question rather than a statement). misunderstanding is the copy, when I think you mean rename and then replace; Is that correct?

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Re: what I mean
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 4:48 PM PST

I think you understand it correctly.

What I meant was: copy inbox1.dbx AAAMessagebox.dbx
That's the command line command to copy inbox1.dbx to AAAMessagebox.dbx and overwrite it if it already existed. Copy a file over another file so to say, replacing it.

In the GUI offered by Windows Explorer it's a 3-step procedure:
1. Delete AAAMessagebox.dbx
2. Copy (ctrl-c, ctrl-v) inbox1.dbx to Copy of inbox1.dbx
3. Rename Copy of inbox1.dbx to AAAMessagebox.dbx

And then, if you run OE again, your AAAMessagebox isn't empty anymore, but litterally is the old inbox1.


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