How to back up and to restore Outlook Express data
This will copy the .dbx file. You won't be able to see the messages in the file until imported back into Outlook Express.
If you want to keep the messages where you can view them:
Store the messages you want archived to a folder. Navigate to where you want to folder to be.
Example: On your E drive, create the main folder for backed up messages.
Name the folder. Open it up. If you want to create sub-folders, create them now.
Click the middle box on the top lright hand side (the one with 2 squares) to make the page smaller. If you made a sub-folder open one up.
Next, open Outlook Express.
Highlight the messages you want to archive. If you want to do all of them, click on EDIT/Select All.
If you don't want all of them, hold down the ctrl key while highlighting the messages you do want.
Once again, click the middle box at the top right hand side of the page. Drag the folder you created next to OE.
With your mouse, place your cursor over the highlighted messages. Hold down the left click button, then drag the messages to the OE folder.
They will be copied, and after that it is up to you to either delete or not delete the messages from OE.
Repeat the process for each folder you have set up in OE.
When you need to view one of the messages, OE will open when you click on the message.
As a bonus, you can back up the folder to a cd. This will come in handy if your computer crashes and you need to reinstall the operating system or replace your hard drive.
I've used this method for years, works like a charm.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 08 April 2009 - 09:39 AM.