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How do I convert DBX files to a readable file? Windows XP.

Dec 7, 2008 9:32PM PST

Yesterday I backed up several folders from Outlook Express on an external drive. They are there but in DBX but I can't read them. There was a bunch of badly needed info in my SAVE folder. All of the backed folders are gone from Outlook Express by the way.

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Re: How do I convert DBX files to a readable file? Windows X
Dec 7, 2008 11:02PM PST
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DBX
Dec 8, 2008 12:58AM PST

Thanks....will try!

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Re: backed up .dbx
Dec 8, 2008 12:06AM PST

Backing up a file (any file) shouldn't delete the original, of course. So you either must have a very strange backup program or did something wrong.

Anyway, the easy procedure to get your data back is like this:
1. Create a new folder in Outlook Express.
2. Check what new .dbx file is created.
3. Copy your backup file save.dbx over that newly created file.

Ready. All your mails are back.

Kees

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Easy tool to convert DBX files to EML (easy to read) file
Jan 4, 2009 1:18PM PST

Hi,

You can also try the DBX Converter software that will convert DBX files to EML (easily readable file). I found DBX Converter tool as a very accurate software and gives the best results.

Download the software from the following website:
http://www.dbxconverter.com

Then you can easily read your Outlook Express DBX files. All the BEST!!!