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Solved: How do i recover files/folders from Outlook Express on a different drive?

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  1. KorruptSoul

    KorruptSoul Thread Starter

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    I recently had to install Windows on another hard drive because of a problem on my previous drive. I can still access that drive from my new drive, but i need to recover important files/folders from my Outlook Express on the old drive. Right now i'm using the standard Outlook Express that comes with XP Pro, but if i remember correctly on the old drive i upgraded it to Microsoft Office 2003 Outlook...don't know if that matters...:confused:
     
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    Outlook Express and MS-Outlook 2003 are two different programs and both can be installed and running on the same computer at the same time.

    Outlook Express uses files with a .dbx extensions for e-mails and .wab extensions for address book files. Outlook 2003 stores everything (except account log-in details) in files with a .pst extension. The easiest way to find them on the old drive is to search for files with those extensions. You will need to enable the search to look in System and Hidden file locations.

    Depending on what you are using for an e-mail client on the new computer, it may be able to import or open the found files.
     
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    I enabled System & Hidden file locations and searched for all three file extensions with no luck.
     
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    For Outlook files, try looking in:
    <current drive letter>:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

    Where <username> was your user name on the old computer

    For Outlook Express files, try looking in:
    <current drive letter>:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{<unique-alphanumeric-string>}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

    Where <username> was your user name on the old computer and <unique-alphanumeric-string> is a long hyphenated string of letters and numbers and there may be more than one.
     
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    Excellent, the first option worked! I see 4 files, but two of interest are titled: archive.pst, and Outlook.pst. How do i go about opening/importing those files into my new Outlook? Or is a drag and drop possible? Thx.
     
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    KorruptSoul Thread Starter

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    And actually the 2nd option worked better, i just chose Outlook Express 6 and am now importing all alphanumeric strings and getting EVERYTHING, thank you so much for your help, case closed!
     
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    You're welcome.

    Once you have confirmed that you have imported all of your old emails and addresses, can you please come back and mark this topic as being solved.

    If you stopped using Outlook Express on the old computer and only used Outlook for a while, all of your most recent e-mails on the old computer would not show up if you only imported the Outlook Express files.
     
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