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RE: Outlook Express Folders

by nomadd74 / April 8, 2006 4:13 PM PDT

I understand that to backup my Folders in Outlook Express that I follow a path as follows:
Tools / Options / Maintenance / Store Folders / File / Import - Export Messages.
However, when I insert my burned disc with these folders on I see 18 folders - all contaning many emails. The file ending is wps.
How do I open these folders ?
I found W98 so simple to carry this out, but not on XP.

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Huh??
by Gakada / April 8, 2006 5:18 PM PDT

When I want to back up may email folder ONLY.. (without the rules etc.)

I just copy the outlook express folder...

What and Where??
Go to Tools, Options, Maintenance, 'Click' Store Folders .. copy or right down the folder location ..


Go to that location and copy .. the folder 'outlook express' .. --

-- To use it on other computer, Place the folder somewhere easy to find (I would create a folder 'MAIL' and put it in My Document folder, and put the outlook express folder in it), then go to Tools, Options, Maintenance, 'Click' Store Folders and CHANGE the location..

To back up an address book, just open it and export the .WAB files

To back up your account, just click that account and export..

to back up the rules, you have to play with the registry, for this .. look for 'How To" in microsoft knowledgebased.

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Outlook Express Folders
by nomadd74 / April 10, 2006 4:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Huh??

TO: Gakada,
Thank you for your advice to use Tools / Options / Maintenance / Store Folders /
I already knew that information. However, you say go to that location and copy Outlook Express folder.
The problem is I have hundreds of files in various folders in alphabetical name order. I saved them to disc but cannot transfer them back again to their correct location.
What is the correct way to back up these folders. I find the address book simple, but not the folders.
Hoping you can oblige.

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Couple of things.
by TONI H / April 9, 2006 1:06 AM PDT

I can't understand how the files got a .wps extension since that's an MS-Works text file type. They should have been .dbx extensions instead.

However, in order to import, it won't work from a cd....you would have to copy those folders to a new folder on the desktop, and then using the Import function in OE, browse to that folder instead. Once you have the files and folders back into OE, you can delete the folder you made on the desktop.

TONI

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Outlook Express Folders
by nomadd74 / April 10, 2006 3:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Couple of things.

To Toni (mod)
Thank you for your advice to use Tools / Options / Maintenance / Store Folders /
I already knew that information. However, you say go to that location and copy Outlook Express folder.
The problem is I have hundreds of files in various folders in alphabetical order. I saved them to disc but cannot transfer them back again to their correct location.
What is the correct way to back up these folders. I find the address book simple, but not the folders.

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Outlook Express Folders
by nomadd74 / April 10, 2006 4:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Couple of things.

To: Toni ( mod),
Hi Toni ! I think I mixed your message up with the other guy who replied. What is the correct way to back up Outlook Express folders/ files ? Over a period of time I create about 30 named folders, each folder containing anywhere from 20 - 50 files/ emails in each.
I couldn't reason you description of copying Outlook Express ? How do I carry that out ?
I used the path XP Disc/Document Settings/Vern My name/Local Settings/Application/Identities/Number/Microsoft/Outlook Express/ Message folders.
Copy to disc.
How do I return the folders back to Outlook Express?
Trusting you can help.

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This is where you get confused...
by Gakada / April 10, 2006 4:54 PM PDT

''I used the path XP Disc/Document Settings/Vern My name/Local Settings/Application/Identities/Number/Microsoft/Outlook Express/ Message folders.''

You should copy the Outlook Express folder... (the message folders will be inside it, and get copied too..)

Now in the NEW computer, open outlook express, create (import your account), then go to the Maintenance options and NOTE your folder location...

Then copy your back up to that location...

Or you also can use the step in my first post..

The point is you need to point the storage folder to the correct location.

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Here's how I do it
by TONI H / April 10, 2006 8:21 PM PDT

I create a new folder on my desktop called OLDMAIL and then I open Windows Explorer and go to the user account that I want to save....the same path you used to locate the .dbx files before. Once I have that folder open and the .dbx files show up, I click Edit, Select All, and then using the right mouse button I drag the highlighted files all at once to the OLDMAIL folder on my desktop and choose COPY HERE when I let go of the mouse. If you are using the normal XP settings, you can look on the left hand column after the files are highlighted and choose COPY THESE FILES and then you will be given a browse window to locate the OLDMAIL folder under C:/Documents and Settings/YOURNAME and XP will copy them for you that way. (I use the W98 Classic appearance settings so my method of drag and drop is different from the XP normal default window for Windows Explorer)

Once you have what you want in the OLDMAIL folder on the desktop, you can burn that folder to a cd along with your address book.

When you go to bring the mail back into OExpress...you have to open the CD using My Computer and then right drag the OLDMAIL folder to your desktop and choose COPY HERE when you let the mouse go(or highlight it and choose COPY THIS FILE from the left menu again and browse again to the C:/Documents and Settings/YOURNAME folder to locate the Desktop folder).

Once the folder is back on the desktop, open OExpress, click File, Import, Messages, Mail, OE6, and choose COPY FROM A STORE LOCATION....and browse to the Desktop again to locate the OLDMAIL folder. Once that folder is opened, and you click Open or OK, the mail and the correct folder names will appear immediately in OExpress again.

You cannot import mail from a burned CD...it HAS to be on the harddrive again before it can do it right.

TONI

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Try it like Microsoft Suggests...
by Edward ODaniel / April 11, 2006 6:14 AM PDT
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RE: Outlook Express Folders Backup
by nomadd74 / April 14, 2006 12:28 PM PDT

Edward O'Daniel, Toni, Gabada:
Thanks for all the information. Now I understand the correct way, I just needed the information to be more specific.
Consider this topic now closed.

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Back-up email software from Microsoft
by TheCoffeeLady / April 26, 2009 2:53 PM PDT

Microsoft has a software just for backing up your email but it does not have the account information included. It will back up everything but accounts, all folder and calendars, address book, everything.

I think it is call Personal email back-up software or something like that. I use it all the time. Check Microsoft for email back-up software.

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