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Recovering Deleted Addresses From Outlook Express

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#1 galehouse1


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Posted 05 December 2007 - 04:21 PM

Using my Motorolla Mobile phone utility I've managed to delete all my contacts in my Outlook Express. This wasn't backed up but I did have them all as a .PSt file from Outlook proper when I upgraded my computer . However, n trying to get this in to OE I seem to have currupted this as well and it now seems to be a 160k file with no records inside it!

I can't believe there isn't something out there that will be able to 'see' these records from a 'deleted' version of the .Wab file....

Or am I just too hopeful?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 05:48 PM

Hi galehouse1,

In Windows XP, the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are marked as hidden by default.
To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable Show Hidden Files and Folders.
Have a look at The Windows Address Book, Files and Settings.
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#3 galehouse1

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:21 AM

Hi TMack and thank you for replying.

I have already done as you suggest and tried to look at the .WAB file but it is now empty. Unfortunately the waste basket doesn't hold previous versions of database files.

On searching the net I have found various Shareware software offering to recover my data for a fee, but I don't know which to trust or whether they will actually work.

Maybe I'm over optimistic but I thought 'this is bound to have happened to lots of people' ...and 'some clever person will have worked out how to undelete them'.

Any other suggestions very happily received.

Thanks again.


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Posted 08 December 2007 - 03:19 PM

Some people have had luck with these 2. The most important thing is to not use the computer until you attempt recovery, to prevent overwritting the files.


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