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How do I burn OE6 folders to CDs?

by Bob / September 17, 2004 5:29 PM PDT

I went through my OE6 e-mails and put all e-mails from certain sources into folders with their names on them. I wanted to burn these folders to CDs for backup but have not been able to figure out how. These folders are listed in the OE6 menu below inbox, deleted, etc. When I right-click the folders I do not get the Sendto menu allowing me to sent them to my burning software. I use Windows XP Home and have tne Nero burning program but I use the XP built-in burning program for simplicity. Thanks for your help. Bobby

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Re: How do I burn OE6 folders to CDs?
by AussiePete / September 17, 2004 6:07 PM PDT

you will find them in this directory
C:\Documents and Settings\"user"\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{"ID number"}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

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Re: How do I burn OE6 folders to CDs?
by Kees Bakker / September 17, 2004 6:15 PM PDT


Very good of you to want to backup your mail.

The OE 'folders' are just files in Explorer, conveniently grouped in a folder. The exact location depends on your OS (and with Windows 98) on if you use profiles. Mine (OE5.5, Windows 95) is C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\K.Bakker\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\Mail to give you an idea.

The easiest thing to do: use Explorer to search for Inbox.dbx on your hard disk. Once you know in which folder that resides, you've got the whole bunch. Have a look at it in Explorer to convince yourself.

Just burn the whole folder to CD, exactly like all other data you backup. You can restore individual files (that is, individual OE-folders, if you wish, but they should be present in your current OE folder- structure, or they won't be recognised). Or you can restore the whole folder, but then you'll lose access to 'new' folders.


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Re: How do I burn OE6 folders to CDs?
by Bob / September 17, 2004 10:00 PM PDT

Thanks Pete and Kees. I found those files and it looks like it would be easier to backup the entire OE6 than to try and separate individual groups of e-mails. Pete, are you the former Mintabie Pete? If so how is Lita? Bobby

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How do I burn OE6 folders to CDs? I wouldn't...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2004 10:46 PM PDT

Well, that's inaccurate. The problem I've found is that many MAKE UP a backup method but it falls apart when they try to restore from such a backup.



into and find the Microsoft Support Article about how to not only backup, but restore OLEXP files and such.


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(NT) (NT) Never a truer word spoken!!!
by AussiePete / September 18, 2004 2:15 AM PDT
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Here's a good way. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 17, 2004 11:47 PM PDT

Search for Outlook Express Freebie Backup. One click for a full backup to any drive.

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