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Need help recovering a .dbx file

by jayhawkfan90 / October 17, 2006 2:56 AM PDT


Hope someone can help me. I copied some .dbx files (e-mails and e-mail folders) onto a CD for backup purposes and deleted the e-mails.

I need to review one of the e-mails. I put the backup CD in and tried to use the "import" command in Outlook Express to import the .dbx from the CD. I got the following error message:

"No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open"

I looked at Microsofts support website. It gave the following resolution:

This behavior can occur if the files that you try to import have the read-only attribute set. The read-only attribute can be set if you copy the .dbx files to a CD-ROM by using a CD-R or CD-RW device.

To resolve this issue, copy the files to a writable disk (for example, a floppy disk or hard disk), and remove the read-only attribute from the file's properties. You should then be able to import the files by using the Outlook Express import feature.

I did as it suggested. I copied the file to the hard disk and made sure the "read only" box in its properties was not checked. It still will not import the .dbx file. I still get the same error message even though the file is not "read only" on my desktop.

Any ideas on how I can resolve this problem.

Thanks very much in advance!!!


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DBX File
by kwkid / October 17, 2006 12:18 PM PDT

I don't believe you can import a DBX file, though I could be wrong on this point. What I do is save my current DBX files, then copy my old DBX files into the same location. Then, when I'm done, I just copy the recent copies back. Since I rarely need to do this, it isn't to big of an issue or problem, but there are better ways if you need to do this on a regular basis, but they will require more work initially.

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I think I see what you are saying
by jayhawkfan90 / October 17, 2006 1:06 PM PDT
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I will try that next.

Thanks very much for your assistance!

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You Need This Free Utility
by Darton Fury / October 17, 2006 3:18 PM PDT
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Thanks! Tried, but maybe not correctly...
by jayhawkfan90 / October 18, 2006 2:58 AM PDT

Thanks for the link to the utility. It is easy to use, which makes me wonder if I did it properly. After finding the file I need extracted and putting it in the "Input" box, I select extract... it says it is extracting files, but no messages end up being listed anywhere. Any tips on proper usage? It seems so straightforward...

Either way, thanks very much for the link!

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Darton, Please disregard last post...
by jayhawkfan90 / October 18, 2006 3:21 AM PDT

Thanks Darton! I was trying to use the "Recover Mode" of the .dbx utility. When I unchecked that option, it worked fine. Thanks so much for the help!!!


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