That's a good question, but difficult to answer.
The only good answer about "how to restore" is "that depends on the way you did the backup". Since you don't tell that, any other answer would probably be wrong. But the obvious advantage of restoring a backup from June is that you will lose all mails from that moment on. Roughly 3 months of email.
If you say "our email is about 6GB" I assume you mean that the total size of all .dbx files combined is 6 GB. That's a lot. Two questions about that:
- what is the largest one?
- when did you last do a "compact all folders"?
- do you regularly delete all items in the Deleted items folder?
The last operation leaves the old uncompacted folder in the recycle bin. So with a little bit of luck, if you did that a week ago, you only lose 1 week of mail.
It looks like the inbox is corrupted. Make a copy of the file inbox.dbx, then delete it and start Outlook Express. If it runs correctly now, all you lost is the contents of your inbox since the last backup. Apart from free or paid repair programs (google for them) there's nothing you can do about a corrupted file.
As the mods here say "You only lose what you didn't backup". After all, it's your own choice to do a backup so infreqently, so don't complain about that here.
We're running Windows XP and Outlook Express 6 on a six year old DELL and we have encountered a problem.
We started getting "An unknown error has occurred" and the error number is 0x800C0133.
We had backed up our email last June and I backed it up once more after I received this error. Our email is about 6 gigabytes large. I deleted everything in the sent folder and I deleted a lot of old messages. Then when my wife was deleting a single message, the computer froze and her entire inbox is now empty. I don't think it is the hard drive because it is a relatively new hard drive I put in and it is 2 years old.
I wanted opinions on where to go from here and will I ever know what the problem is? Should I reset Outlook Express 6? Should I start my email from scratch? If I copy my old email files back to Outlook Express 6, will I be asking for trouble since my email is likely to cause corruption? Should I use a different inbox program? How likely is it a hardware problem?
Any advice is appreciated.