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joshzz

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My hard drive crashed last week and we're hoping to retrieve our outlook express (the program that comes with standard Windows XP) email addresses, incoming and sent messages.

We're hoping to get the data from the drive from a service that retrieves data from bad drives. Where can we find this information on the drive? File names? Thanks!

Also if you could recommend a company that recovers hard drive data I would also appreciate that.

Josh
 
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It will cost you up to $1000's of dollars. All because you had no backups. Another hard drive would have cost less than $100.

If you are going to be paying that much anyway, you should have them try to get as many files as possible, all that they can recover. Then, you search for the .dbx files that contain the OE mail.
 

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The original drive locations are as follows.

Messages (DBX files): C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express (username being the login name and GUID being a long string of random characters).
Note: Each OE Identity will be under a separate GUID.

Address Book: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
There will be a username.wab (that's the Address Book) and a username.wab~ (an Address Book backup file).

If you can recover those items, it's fairly simple to get them restored to OE.
 
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This may be worth a try. I've used it a couple of times with varying degrees of success.

Assuming you have a way to connect the defective HDD to your computer (external enclosure, secondary master slot in a desktop), Place the HDD inside a sealed plastic bag (i.e. ziplok), place it in the freezer overnight or for at least 3 hours.

Have everything ready just in case it works, you may not have much time if it does. Remove the HDD from the plastic bag and install it such you can access it from a working computer. Open My computer and see if the drive is present. If so go to the place indicated by throoper in post #3, drag a drop the files somewhere on your primary master HDD. the desktop would be a convenient temporary place.

Good Luck
 

joshzz

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I believe we will be able to successfully grab the email addresses.

It cost us around $ 700 to get all the data back from Gillware. We will bakc-up everything now but we were pleased it did not cost a fortune.

THANKS AGAIN! Josh
 
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