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Solved: Dbx File Explanation

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by deeceedee, Jan 16, 2006.

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  1. deeceedee

    deeceedee Thread Starter

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    Hello again to the Gurus,

    Could you please explain what a DBX file is ?.....( Path is : Documents and Settings / Owner / Local Settings /Application Data / Identities/ {5545EBFB-26B2-4R......../ Microsoft / Outlook Express ) e.g. = Hotmail deleted items.dbx = DBX File 3,019 kb. / Folders.dbx / Inbox.dbx/ Pop 3 uidl.dbx / Outbox dbx....etc.

    Can one delete these files and free up additional space ?

    Regards , .....Deeceedee
     
  2. kilowatt1

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    :) HERE is a link that explains .dbx files and folders. Basically, Outlook Express stores it's files on your hard drive using the .dbx extension. If you delete a .dbx file or folder, a new one is created automatically the next time you start Outlook Express.
     
  3. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Moderator

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    Hi deeceedee

    If you use Outlook Express, you run the risk of deleting your messages if you delete .dbx files.
    Outlook Express uses .dbx files to store messages, it also has default .dbx files:
    Inbox.dbx, Outbox.dbx, Sent Items.dbx, Drafts.dbx and Folders.dbx files.

    Compacting the message store will help to reduce the size of the .dbx files.

    Close all windows.
    Open Outlook Express
    File > Work Offline
    Click on the Local Folders folder
    File > Folder > Compact All Folders
    Walk away from the computer until the process is complete.

    Since this is not a Hardware question, I am moving this thread to the Web and E-mail forum.
     
  4. deeceedee

    deeceedee Thread Starter

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    Thanks Kilowatt1 and EAFields,

    Education is paramount . Will try the compaction process.

    Thanks again.

    Deeceedee
     
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