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Importing previous outlook express files after a crash

I recently lost a hard drive. Luckily I was able to back it up before.

Long story short, I bought a new computer. I want to import my old email messages into my 'new' outlook express. The address book was easy.

Trouble is I have not been able to determine where the email message file(s) are stored.

I have carefully looked through documents and settings (XP on both computers)and cannot determine where they are hiding. I am not sure of their extension either.

I looked at Microsoft's Knowledge Base but found no answer to my question.

Thanks for the help.

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Outlook Express

In reply to: Importing previous outlook express files after a crash

The folder is hidden by default. Locate your mail files by searching for .dbx file extension. There is a great, free utility called DBXtract available on the web. It will convert the .dbx files to a readable format. You can then import/export them as you wish.

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Outlook Express files

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Thanks for the note.

I ran searches looking for "dbx" in various formats and found only one file with that extension. And, unfortunately, it wasn't email.

I have all my file settings to show 'hidden' files and 'hidden' folders do show up as a slightly faded yellow.

Any more help out there would be appreciated.

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OE File transfer

In reply to: Importing previous outlook express files after a crash

In windows explorer turn on show hidden folders and apply to all folders.

Look in c:\documents and settings\"username"\local settings\application data\identities\{folder with lots of numbers}\microsoft\outlook express

Copy your entire OE folder, folder name and all, to your new PC. Just put it in a easy to locate location like C:

Now open OE and do FILE-> IMPORT -> etc until it asks for the location.
It will be pointing to your EXISTING OE folder, just change it to the folder you just copied and let it inport all the folders.

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THANKS!!!!!

In reply to: OE File transfer

I found the problem! It was between my keyboard and chair Wink

I kept taking shortcuts and finally had to stop and go step by step through the address, instead of thinking "I can do it now."

Also I found that the address can be found by going to "OE\tools\options\maintenance\store folder."

The address is right there and allows one to even change the location to somewhere else.

I think the search didn't work because I didn't click the "Display the contents of system folders" checkbox in the view file types in Windows Explorer.

Thanks again.

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