Hi mbm2000,Why Does OE Insist on Compacting When I Close It?
There should be a backup of your dbx files in the Recycle Bin, copied as bak files.
To restore a bak folder to the Message Store Folder, first close OE and locate the Message Store in Windows Explorer.
Tools /Options /Maintenance /Store Folder will reveal the location of your Outlook Express files. Highlight the folder location, then Copy. Close OE, then Start / Run / Paste will put the location in the box - Click OK and you'll see the OE files. Otherwise, write the location down and navigate to it in Windows Explorer.(I think you have this part figured out
In WinXP, the .dbx files are by default marked as hidden. To view these files in Explorer, you must enable Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start /Control Panel /Folder Options /View.
In Windows Explorer, click on the dbx file for the missing, or empty, folder and drag it to the Desktop. It can be deleted later once you have successfully restored the bak file. Minimize the Message Store.
Open OE and, if the folder is missing, create a folder with the exact
same name as the bak file you want to restore but without the .bak. (Eg: If the file is Saved.bak, the new folder should be named Saved.) Open the new folder and then close OE. If the folder is there, but just empty, continue on to the next step.
Open the Recycle bin and right click on the bak file for the folder in question and click Restore. Open the Message Store back up and change the file extension from .bak to .dbx. Close the Message Store and open OE. The messages should now be back in the folder.
If the messages are successfully restored, you can go ahead and delete the old dbx file that you moved to the Desktop.
If you do not have bak copies of your dbx files in the Recycle Bin, then:
Try the DBXpress
Also see OE Tips
A little bit of info if you don't want to lose your messages in the future:
Do not archive mail in default OE folders. They will eventually become corrupted. Create your own user defined folders for storing mail and move your mail to them. Empty Deleted Items folder regularly. Keep user created folders under 100MB, and Default folders as empty as is feasible.
And backup often.
This is a good one-click backup program; OE Backup