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04-Aug-2012, 03:22 PM #1
Unhappy Help, OE inbox emails are gone, found but can't read or import
Hello, So hoping I can get this resolved. I've spent days reading on here and haven't had any luck. Here's the problem. I have Windows XP. I guess since I purchased my computer in 03 I have OE3 (I know it's a dinosaur but need to get these emails before I buy my new computer). Out of nowhere all of my emails in my inbox were gone. I finally found them. I put them in a file on my desktop. I have many sub folders...Bill emails, saved emails, etc. They are all dbx files. I can't open any of them. I read stuff about inbox.bak but I don't see that anywhere. Under properties I found the location of each sub file. I then tried to import, but I received a message that OE was open. So, they wouldn't import. I'm not the best at following computer commands but can do okay. So, how can I import and be able to read these messages. I want to save some and delete a lot, but need to read them first. Help!
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04-Aug-2012, 04:20 PM #2
How To Backup Outlook Express Email: [The Correct Way]

1. Open Outlook Express
2. click on 'Tools'
3. Goto 'Options'
4. Open 'Maintanance' tab.
5. Goto 'Store Folder' near bottom.
6. Highlight & Right Click & then 'Copy' the Store Folder Location.
7. Close All Open Windows
8. Goto 'Start'
9. Goto 'Run'
10. Right Click & Paste the Store Folder Location you copied in step 6 into 'Run.' Click OK.
11. A new window will open containing the Email Database.
12. Goto 'Edit'
13. Goto 'Select All'
14. Click 'Copy'
15. Close window.
16. Goto 'Desktop' Right Click & Choose 'New Folder'
17. Give the 'new folder' a name such as "OE Email Backup"
18. Open folder "OE Email Backup"
19. Goto 'Edit'
20. Goto 'Paste'
21. Close window.
22. Save Mail folder to a safe location. [suggested temporary location is Desktop]

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Restore Outlook Express Email:

1. Open Outlook Express
2. Goto 'File'
3. Goto 'Import Messages'
4. Select Outlook Express Version 6
5. Click 'Next'
7. Select 'Import Mail From OE6 Store Directory'
8. Click 'OK'
9. Browse to the Location of the saved email folder. [See 22 above]
10. Select 'All Folders'
11. Click 'Next.'
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04-Aug-2012, 05:44 PM #3
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! It worked! You helped me so much and it is so greatly appreciated. I hope your advice can help someone else. Your directions were so clear and so easy to understand. Again, thank you is all I can say.
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04-Aug-2012, 05:51 PM #4
Well, you're very welcome. Glad it worked out for you.
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