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recovering lost email in outlook express after "compacting"

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by roberthubs7, Nov 16, 2015.

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  1. roberthubs7

    roberthubs7 Thread Starter

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    I have outlook express 6 for a email client, I was getting reminded to compact my email messages every one in a while so I said yes and let it compact my messages ... now I don't seel any email other than new email that has come in since I compacted the mail. Does anyone know how to get my messages back ... please help
     
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya and welcome to Tech Support Guy :)

    I've moved your thread to Web and Email for more response ;)

    Have you tried to see if there are any bak files in the Recycle Bin:


    • Make sure Outlook Express is not running.
    • Open the Recycle Bin on your Windows Desktop .
    • Locate the ".bak" files corresponding to the Outlook Express folders you want to recover.
      The ".bak" file will be named like the folder in Outlook Express.
      To restore a folder called "Archive", look for "Archive.bak", for example.
    • Click on the ".bak" file with the right mouse button.
    • Select Restore from the menu.
    • Locate the file in Windows explorer and open the folder it's contained in.
    • Drag and drop the ".dbx" file corresponding to the Outlook Express folder you want to recover to your Desktop.
    • In the Outlook Express store folder, click on the ".bak" file to be recovered with the right mouse button.
    • Select Rename from the menu.
    • Change the ".bak" file extension to ".dbx".
      If the file was called "Archive.bak", for example, make sure it is named "Archive.dbx" now.
    • Open Outlook Express.
    • If your emails have been recovered, delete the ".dbx" file you moved to the Desktop.

    Also if you do not find the files in the above location search your computer for *.Bak

    Regards

    eddie
     
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