I believe that when you click the deleted folder within OE and choose Empty/Deleted the items in that folder, they are gone for good........but
You can first try looking in your recycle bin and if they are there, restore them
Then you can take a look in Search/Find, make sure it's looking in the C: drive and not the My Documents location which it uses by default......click Advanced and put a check mark in 'search sub folders', and now in the Files Named area type in *.DBX
Once all the OE mail shows up on the right hand side, hover your mouse over the Deleted Items to see how large it is. If it's a couple of MB's or larger, the files are still on the harddrive. Also look for the subfolder name that he had in OE and see if it's there in the found files list, too.
If you locate those two items, right drag those two to the desktop and choose COPY HERE. Then open OE again, click File, Import, Messages, Mail, OE and using the browse button in the next window, get to the desktop so those two files show up in the window and choose OK. They will be imported back immediately to OE.
Oh I am in a mess....my son had me checking his email and I decided to empty his deleted items folder...well he also had a keep folder in there and you guessed it...it is now gone. Is there any way that I can get these emails back??? Please help I have been searching the net for 3 hours and cannot find a way to do it. Thanks
He has Windows 98 and using Outlook Express 6