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  1. Robert1

    Robert1 Thread Starter

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    Operating system XP and mail program: Outlook Express 6.

    I would like to copy the folders containing my email messages. Where can I find them?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Robert
     
  2. srhoades

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    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{Identity-GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\
     
  3. Deke40

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    Or just go to File in OE and Export them.
     
  4. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Moderator

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    Hi Robert1

    You can find the location of your message store this way:
    In Outlook Express,
    Tools > Options > Maintenance tab
    Click on the Store Folder button note the path there.
    Navigate to that path using Windows Explorer.

    There you will find the Outlook Express .dbx files.
    Move or Copy those files to a folder on your Desktop, save the folder to a CD as your backup.​

    If you have more than one Identity, repeat the above steps for each one.
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    To restore your .dbx files to your new setup:

    Open Outlook Express,
    Setup your account information.
    Locate the Store Directory:
    Tools > Options > Maintenance tab
    Click on the Store Folder button note the path there.
    Close Outlook Express.

    Navigate to that path using Windows Explorer.
    Locate the Folders.dbx file and delete it.

    Copy your backup folder of .dbx files to your Desktop, remove the Read-Only attribute for the .dbx files.
    Copy or Move the saved .dbx files to the Store directory in Windows Explorer.​

    Restart Outlook Express, your folders and messages should be showing.
     
  5. Robert1

    Robert1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys - especially to EAFiedler, who precisely and specifically answered my question - excellent response - exactly what I needed!

    Deke40 and srhoades : I don't think you really answered the question, although I appreciate it that you did give of your time.

    But anyway, to one and all, may have a great New Year!

    Thanks again,
    Robert
     
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