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Lost emails after comacting folders in Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by shek, Jul 11, 2006.

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  1. shek

    shek Thread Starter

    Jul 11, 2006
    Hi All!
    I found some messages vanished after I did a comapction on Inbox folder.
    The OE has set to see ALL Message, and have tried using DBXtract to recover but no additional mail recover(just the same amount of mails in Inbox now).
    Can anyone tell me why it happen and how can I do now? Thanks!

    I use Outlook Express 6, Windows XP Professional SP2.
  2. sekirt


    Mar 28, 2003
    Article that explains most of it:

    If DBXtract did not find anything, you might try another program - but most likely there is nothing to recover.

    Previous post with some instructions for using Macallan:

    Did you run DBXtract on ALL your DBX files? Sometimes, even though it was your inbox, the emails might get recovered from one of the other DBX files.

    Go to Start->Find (or Search) and look for *.dbt files. For WinXP you will have to set the search to include hidden files and folders. DBXtract should open those. Perhaps the missing emails will show up.

    One final note, do not save emails in the default OE folders (Inbox/Outbox/Sent Items/Deleted Items/Drafts). Make new custom folders.

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