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Solved: Improperly saved Outlook Files

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Kirkk, Nov 4, 2007.

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  1. Kirkk

    Kirkk Thread Starter

    Nov 4, 2007
    I my haste to reformat my XP sp2 machine, which was in dire need. I saved as many files as possibly by simple dragging them across a small home network.

    Smart so far - But instead of properly saving/ converting my Outlook files, I simply copied the whole folder under the user\Local Settings\App Data\Identities\microsoft\ Outlook.

    I have these files moved back to the reformatted machine, but when I go to copy paste into the correct folder - it paste the file with a (1) behind and will not let me open it. I had 4 different e-mails set up in OE, and have set up this information as well, to no avail.

    I imagine this has something to do with Identities, hopefully not.

    Am I SOL, or is there a way to reinstate all my .dbx files. basically "merge" the old dbx's with the new dbx's - .......or I be happy with ANY way to be able to open my old files.

    Thank you in advance for any help offered.
  2. cherry pie

    cherry pie

    Jun 4, 2007
    The most implortant outlook data that you need are contained in the files with the extension (pst) which has the emails. If those are copied in the location you specified, then you got what you want

    You need to (open) the pst files (File > Open > Outlook Data files) and choose the appropriate pst file which will grant you access to your email.
  3. Kirkk

    Kirkk Thread Starter

    Nov 4, 2007

    Thanks for the quick reply, though I might be out of luck. the only extensions I have are .dbx files. some are quite large (475,000 KB) the largest, for example.

    If I do a search on the re formatted computer, and I have since used OE, there are still no .pst files. It appears all I have to work with are .dbx files.
    Hope there is an answer - Thanx

    and all the best for your friend, prayers were said at Church this morning.
  4. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

    Apr 25, 2000
    Hi Kirkk

    Can you clarify? You were originally using Outlook Express not Microsoft Outlook?

    If you were using Outlook Express, the correct files were saved.
    You don't open the .dbx files, Outlook Express opens those files.

    With the folder of saved .dbx files on the Desktop, you can Import the messages and folders into whichever Identity you currently have open.

    Start Outlook Express and Import the messages from the Folder on the Desktop.
    File > Import > Messages
    Select: Microsoft Outlook Express 6
    Select: Import Mail from an OE6 store directory
    OK > Browse to the folder on the Desktop > Next > Next
    The Import should start immediately.
    Click: Finish

    For additional Identities, you would then login to the next Identity and Import from their respective folders containing their saved .dbx files.

    Let us know if that works for you or not.
  5. Kirkk

    Kirkk Thread Starter

    Nov 4, 2007
    Yes, It was Express.

    Something so simple, so of course I overlooked it - Thank you very much.............
    and I can not emphasize that enough - THANK YOU
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