Disappearing folders in outlook express. These are not deleted by me but somehow ended in the recycle bin. I retrieved them but do not know if and where are the folders. Did a search on find folders with no results. From other posts on this site: I just unchecked in maintenance in outlook; empty messages from the deleted items folder on exit and compact messages in the background. I read here that closing down outlook might hinder retrieval. I also saw a mention of a program written by a (Steve?)to download. How can I stop this from randomly happening and any ideas on where the files went when I retrieved them from the recycle bin?