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  1. 2thman

    2thman Thread Starter

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    I'm new to this forum and am hoping I can get an answer to my problem.

    I'm using Outlook Express for my emails and have been archiving the folders forever. Now I am backing up the archives to a CD and I want to clean out the hard disk.

    Question 1. In the help index for archiving there is an instruction about "compacting" and "backing up" e-mail folders. Nowhere in the instruction page is there mention of the term "archive". Are the terms "Compacting" and "Archiving" synonymous?

    Question 2. Now I've got all 200 MB of e-mail folders archived or compacted and saved on a CD, how can I recover them and view them again? I want to do this on a trial basis the first time so that I can be sure it works before I wipe my hard disk clean of everything older than a few weeks. Outlook Express Help seems to be silent on this topic.

    Thanks,
     
  2. kilowatt1

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    Hello 2thman and welcome to TSG,

    I believe this link will answer all of you questions. Check out the entire section under Restore/Backup. Hope this helps. KW1

    www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/index.htm
     
  3. 2thman

    2thman Thread Starter

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    BINGO!!!!!

    You've made my day. Thanks a heap, KW1.
     
  4. rds33

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    Also, check out a utility called DBXTRACT (Do a Google search). It's great for extracting "archived" .dbx files from your OE folder.

    At the end of the month I save my Outlook Express folder to CD-R then delete all messages older than one month. If I need to get them back, DBXTRACT does the job quickly.

    -rds33
     
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