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Outlook Express-saving All Emails

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#1 lindaandgraham


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Posted 24 February 2007 - 03:44 PM

I am about to F Disk my PC--& I want to save all of my outlook express folders & emails.

Where do I find the files that store my emails so I can save them to a disk & reinstall once I repair my hard drive.

I NEED to make sure I am getting ALL my emails, as I can not afford to lose ANY of them!!!.


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Posted 24 February 2007 - 04:26 PM

I've never tried what you want to do, so I don't know if this will actually work.
The following is a Microsoft site concerning file corruption of Outlook Express.

But you have asked where the files are stored, so this is an easy way to find them.
The only section you need to be concerned with is the first one-Understanding Outlook Express Files.
The directions on getting to the files are there. I suppose you could copy them to a cd or back up drive,
and then after you finish with your disk, move them back to the OE file. Just make sure you write down the
path to the files so you can copy them back into it.

Someone else may be along with another idea for you.

The info is HERE

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:38 PM

Queen-Evie, Has given some excellent information. A more descriptive tutorial can be found at this link. Hopefully that helps you accomplish what you need to do.

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 09:40 PM

I would recommend you also read this straight from the horse's mouth: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670

You'll probably want to backup your address book and mail account as well. And if you have multiple Identities with OE--personally I don't understand as much as I should about Identities other than it can make backing up and OE more complicated than it should be.

And for a more technical guide specifically with a reformat in mind: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_oe.htm#xp_oe_restore

Don't quote me on this, but I don't think the registry editing is really necessary for what you want to do, unless you do have multiple Identities, so I don't recommend this method. But there are some other tidbits of info and precautions you might want to consider.

Any questions feel free to ask to be sure and let us know how it all turns out.

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:02 PM

Below are detailed instructions for backing up your Outlook Express data:

1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
3. Select the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
5. Click Start, and then click Run.
6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
8. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.
9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
10. Type "mail backup" for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
11. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
12. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
13. Close the Mail Backup window.

Copy the contents of the "mail backup" onto a floppy (or similar device).

Please check the contents of the floppy for these following files:

* SentItems.dbx
* DeletetedItems.dbx
* Folders.dbx
* Inbox.dbx
* Offline.dbx
* Outbox.dbx
* pop3idil.dbx

If the contents on the floppy are similar to the contents as specified above (they do not need to be all the same) then perform the following steps to import them to the new system:

1. Insert the floppy drive into the new drive.
2. Make a folder and name it: "backup" and place it on the desktop.
3. Copy the contents of the floppy drive into the "backup" folder on the desktop.
4. Open Outlook Express
5. Click File in the menu bar, select Import and then select Messages
6. Click Microsoft Outlook Express 5
7. Click Next
8. Click the radio button for "Import mail from an OE6 store directory"
9. Click OK
10. Click Browse button
11. Double-click Desktop and then select Backup folder
12. Click OK
13. Click Next
14. Click on the radio button of "All Folders"
15. Click Next, this will restore all the data into the Outlook Express boxes
16. Click Finish
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:35 PM

Quality post buddy 215!!

The below is not an advert but a personal recommendation. My sister brought this program and has used it ever since its called ABF Outlook Express. This isn't a free utility but a quality product, did everything it said on the tin!

There is also a version for Outlook too.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:51 PM

You haven't said which operating system you are using. :thumbsup:


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:51 PM

IF you are using windows XP, go to control panel, user acounts, Mail, Show profiles, Properties (for outlook), data files, click on "personal folders" and click the "settings" button.The second line will be the filename, or path where it is saved. This is the .pst file for your all of your outlook folders.

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