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Need to recover a really important email

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by simbo, Oct 17, 2005.

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  1. simbo

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    I've recently re-installed XP, but I forgot to save an e,ail that I'd received, which had numerous important pictures attached. Is there anyway to get this email back, with the pictures? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, simbo :)
     
  2. sekirt

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    Email, from where? Exactly what email program do you use?

    Did you format your hard drive? If so, it would take a professional recovery, if it is at all possible. Or software that you can purchase to try to recover from formatted drives yourself.

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  3. Knotbored

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    Reinstalling the operating system should not remove your saved email files (unless you intentionally deleted them or reformatted your hard drive.)

    do a search for *.DBX and see if the "old" files are placed in unusual folders. If they are then copy/paste them into the same folder the newest "inbox" shows up in.
     
  4. skinnywhiteboy

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    I've had much luck with this program in the past:
    http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

    In the future, if you're using Outlook, put your .pst file on another partition or drive. That way, if you have to reformat your C drive, your email will be safe.
     
  5. simbo

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    Ok thanks everyone for your help. Ye I formatted the hard drive thats the thing, because I tried a repair install and it wouldn't work. I'll try that link thanks. simbo
     
  6. sekirt

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    There are many that you can buy to recover data from a formatted drive. I have never had the need to try any. However, this one was recommended in the past by a user here at TSG. You can try the free demo then make the purchase.

    Handy Recovery¬ô
    http://www.handyrecovery.com/

    sekirt
     
  7. simbo

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    Ok I'll try it thanks. simbo
     
  8. simbo

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    By the way, does anyone know where the emails are stored in Outlook Express? Because there not in it's folder in Program Files. simbo
     
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    OE stores email in .dbx files. Go toTools > Options > Maintenance and click the StoreFolder button and you can see the location of the files.

    When I am using a mail client that downloads all of my messages to a .dbx file like OE does I put them on a drive or partition that does not contain the OS for this very reason. Much easier to get your emial set up again after an OS install.
     
  10. simbo

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    Ok thanks. I'll move that folder to a different one on my other HD. Thanks for the tip. simbo
     
  11. simbo

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    Handy Recovery didn't help, but thanks anyway. simbo
     
  12. Holly3278

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    Let's just say that if you haven't backed up your files, you likely won't get the e-mail back without dishing out a lot of cash. Hope you can recover what you need.
     
  13. lukeles

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    I had a similar problem, I stuffed around for a day or so trying to get my files back and realised

    I was only making it worse. I bit the bullet and bought DataRecoveryWizard (http://www.easeus.com)

    that did the trick. It worked. Recovered almost everything.
     
  14. Cookiegal

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    lukeles,

    It is evident (from the e-mail address you used to register here) that the products and sites you recommend either belong to you and/or you are affiliated with them.

    All 7 of your posts have been made solely with the purpose of promoting your products, which are not freeware, and therefore constitute a breach of the forum rules.

    Spamming/Advertising - You cannot post advertisements of any sort in any forum. This includes products, services, or web sites from which you'd directly or indirectly benefit in any way.

    Account disabled.
     
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