Outlook; Where are my .dbx's?

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ceclix

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I opened Outlook Express 6 and did this;

tools
options
maintenance
store folder

I stored my .dbx files on my desktop.
Then I copied them to My Documents


Now when I open OE...all my messages are gone. I can still see the files in My Documents, but I can't open them. I don't know what I did along the way to makle this happen.


My question is this:

How can I view my messages in OE?


Thanks very much.

-Matt
 
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Both things sound like a pretty risky thing to do.

Storing actual data files on the desktop, other than shortcuts, is inviting a problem since they are so easy to delete.

What exactly was copied.
If you go back into Outlook Express, where are the data files being stored.
Can you point them to the location where they were copied.
 

ceclix

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I went back to OE and set my 'store' to the folder where the .dbx files are located....and still nothing.
 
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So again, what exactly was copied...and how. Since this is not the normal way Outlook Express acts, there has to be some other information that is being left out.
 

ceclix

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Thanks for your help Bob.

These were the files I copied:

Deleted Items.dbx
Folders.dbx
Offline.dbx
Pop3uidl.dbx
Drafts.dbx
Inbox.dbx
Outbox.dbx
Sent Items.dbx

Something went wonrg between the point the files were on my Desktop and the point when I dragged them into My Documents.

(I have another computer and I tried to re-do what I had done, but there was no problem there)

-Matt
 
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And what makes you say that something went wrong. This could have been important to include a little earlier.
 

ceclix

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I know that when I put the files on the Desktop, I could still view them in OE.
When I moved them to My Documents, I couldn't see them.

Like I said, I did everything again on my other computer...same order.....and everything is fine. I honestly don't know where I make the mistake (if at all).
 
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From the first post the files were copied. In the last one they were moved. Big difference.
 
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Main reason is that if they were moved, and some files got corrupted, you don't have your originals to go back to any more.
 

ceclix

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...so is there anything I can do? I've come across some programs that claim to be able to fix such a problem. What would you do?
 

ceclix

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They're not important to me, there are important to someone else. No.
 
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Didn't much care who they were important to. Just asked "Any backups of these important files?"
 
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So if there aren't any backups of someone else's e-mail file, they were moved them rather than copied them, they got corrupted in the process and there is nothing else to rely on, you might try searching the Internet for possible programs to recover from whatever happened.
 
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