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Outlook express died RRS feed

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  • Outlook express died and after I corrected the problem, I lost all of my data contained therein.  I don't know where to look in my computer to ressurect them.  I am running Windows XP.  Would the Inbox Repair Tool be of help or, are there other resources?
    Thank you.
    Monday, February 1, 2010 4:15 PM

Answers

  • Hello kibtzz,

    I have been "avoiding" your question because it is off topic.  We do Windows and Office Genuine Advantage.

    Outlook Express saves your email in several folders, all with the *.dbx file extension.  The folders.dbx file is sort of a database file that keeps track of the other databases of the other four usual folders for OE.  For some problems with OE that are traced to problems within the folders.dbx file, a quick fix is to rename the folders.dbx file and when OE does not find it, it makes a new one, avoiding the problem with the original folders.dbx file.

    There is a discussion of this here:  http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm

    In your position, I would set Windows Explorer to show all hidden files, all file extensions, and all hidden Operating System files, then search for *.dbx folders.  By default they are stored in this folder:
    c:\documents and settings\<your_user_name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

    If you can find these .dbx folders, you should be able to retrieve your email by placing the folders within the OE Store folder (at the location above).  If the folders you find are still named with the conventional folder names (ie, "Inbox) you will most likely need to rename the file name (but not the extension) before you copy them to the mains tore folder as duplicate names will not be allowed.

    Another web site with lots of good info about OE is this one:  http://www.oehelp.com/  This site has links to utilities that can rescue email from .dbx folders.

    Here is the MS newsgroup for OE:  http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.outlookexpress.general&cat=en_us_67ae557e-ceea-4691-9cf6-efbe673e7b70&lang=en&cr=us
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:17 PM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:31 PM

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  • Hello kibtzz,

    Look here:  http://www.insideoe.com/
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, February 1, 2010 5:12 PM
  • Thank you, but, I guess I am not sufficiently savvy to know what I'm looking at.  Most of the suggestions referenced relate to an old security bug.  My incident occurred recently.  After OE died I found an answer that required renaming the "Folders.dbx" file.  Thereafter I lost the old data in OE.  The old data is what I'm trying to recover.
    Monday, February 1, 2010 6:47 PM
  • Hello kibtzz,

    Explore the site, look at the FAQs.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, February 1, 2010 6:54 PM
  • I guess I am a dummy....I spent about 90 min "exploring" and found nothing that seemed to apply.  Back to my original question -- Would the Inbox Repair Tool be appropriate to use to recover the misssing correspondence and folders?
    Thank you.

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:40 PM
  • Hello kibtzz,

    I have been "avoiding" your question because it is off topic.  We do Windows and Office Genuine Advantage.

    Outlook Express saves your email in several folders, all with the *.dbx file extension.  The folders.dbx file is sort of a database file that keeps track of the other databases of the other four usual folders for OE.  For some problems with OE that are traced to problems within the folders.dbx file, a quick fix is to rename the folders.dbx file and when OE does not find it, it makes a new one, avoiding the problem with the original folders.dbx file.

    There is a discussion of this here:  http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm

    In your position, I would set Windows Explorer to show all hidden files, all file extensions, and all hidden Operating System files, then search for *.dbx folders.  By default they are stored in this folder:
    c:\documents and settings\<your_user_name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

    If you can find these .dbx folders, you should be able to retrieve your email by placing the folders within the OE Store folder (at the location above).  If the folders you find are still named with the conventional folder names (ie, "Inbox) you will most likely need to rename the file name (but not the extension) before you copy them to the mains tore folder as duplicate names will not be allowed.

    Another web site with lots of good info about OE is this one:  http://www.oehelp.com/  This site has links to utilities that can rescue email from .dbx folders.

    Here is the MS newsgroup for OE:  http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.outlookexpress.general&cat=en_us_67ae557e-ceea-4691-9cf6-efbe673e7b70&lang=en&cr=us
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:17 PM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 5:31 PM
  • Thank you so much.  Sorry, I didn't realize I waqs off topic; I do appreciate your help!
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:21 PM