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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

    Nov 16, 2015
    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

    Mar 19, 2001
    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


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