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Old 31 January 2007, 17:02   #1
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I've install some software tonight and lost the contence of some selected folders in Outlook Express. Where do I start to look/recover these in windows explorer?
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Outlook folders are little databases. In Outlook, click on Tools, Options and then on the maintenence tab (this is from memory.... I use Outlook 2002 for a number of reasons...) Then you can start looking for the location of the mail store.
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I've found the mail store, however it appears that no backup of this store took place when outlook decided to dump the contence of my folders.

What's really annoying is the fact that some of the folders still have saved emails, like my sent Items folder has everything I ever sent, but my Inbox is completly cleared as are some of my other folders.

Very strange.

Anyone know how I might recover these?
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I've install some software tonight and lost the contence of some selected folders in Outlook Express. Where do I start to look/recover these in windows explorer?
And people complain about AOL !!!
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Outlook folders are little databases. In Outlook, click on Tools, Options and then on the maintenence tab (this is from memory.... I use Outlook 2002 for a number of reasons...) Then you can start looking for the location of the mail store.
Outlook EXPRESS is a very different beast from Outlook.

Search for .dbx files - they are in docs and settings - whatever user you were logged in as - local settings - application data - identities - microsoft - outlook express.

Much easier to do a search.

If you find the files you need let me know - will tell you how to put them back.
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Just get AOL. You won't get that problem then. LOL.

I have never ever used Outlook or Outlook Express. Its far too finicky. It needs to know so much before you even send an E Mail.
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Thanks Codprawn. If I use windows explorer all I get is this:

C:\Documents and Settings\Dad\Application Data\Identities\{071BE7CE-D31E-4A34-A616-E3CC9D8A8FD1}

If I search .dbx I get nothing

If I search: C:\Documents and Settings\Dad\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{071BE7CE-D31E-4A34-A616-E3CC9D8A8FD1}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

I get my dbx files.

So what do I do know? And why might this have happened?
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Have you tried a system restore.
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Thanks Codprawn. If I use windows explorer all I get is this:

C:\Documents and Settings\Dad\Application Data\Identities\{071BE7CE-D31E-4A34-A616-E3CC9D8A8FD1}

If I search .dbx I get nothing

If I search: C:\Documents and Settings\Dad\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{071BE7CE-D31E-4A34-A616-E3CC9D8A8FD1}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

I get my dbx files.

So what do I do know? And why might this have happened?


You need to search the whole of your C drive for *.dbx - this should list them all. Make sure you have show all files etc etc turned on.

A system restore MAY work.
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That's interesting. I've just discovered that there are folders in the form of .bak files in my Recycle Bin. How the hell they get there!

They appear to be the ones that are missing.

I'm off to bed now. I'll pick this problem up either at lunch time or when I get home from work..
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