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Archiving email messages

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by tzar, Apr 6, 2004.

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  1. tzar

    tzar Thread Starter

    Mar 11, 2004
    Hello Everyone...

    I am using Outlook Express for my IMAP emails. After a few years, I have A LOT of emails in my INBOX which I still need to keep.

    I have heard that there are softwares available that can enable me to upload these messages, have them stored in a database-like storage, and if I need to look at any one of them all I need to do is run a query, like, say, search for a particular sender, and all the mails sent by that particular person will appear.

    What I need to know is the name of that software(s) and what's the storage like, eg, are the messages stored in a server, or just a separate hard disk in the local machine?

    Please advise.
  2. AbvAvgUser


    Oct 3, 2002
    I think you can save separate email as .eml files. If that is not convenient, make a folder in Outlook Express (assuming that is your email application). Move all the messages in that folder.

    Then, if the name of the folder is ImpMsgs, look out for ImpMsgs.dbx and keep a backup of that. Occassionally, keep backing up this file and your mails would have been backup. You can restore mails from the file later.
  3. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    i'd use OE Backup linked from Tomsterdam's site http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/

    not only do you back up all your settings etc in case of PC/hdd crash, b ut all your messages are there too

    should probably use folders more to sort the messages, or use message rules to d/l them into the correct folder in the first place

    and keep a copy of DBExtract around too (also on the above site), to pull individual messages out of .dbx files as you need them

    dragging messages to the desktop and putting in folders is a lot of work...and a real drag (pun intended!)
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