Outlook Express, where are all the emails kept?

  34jc91 10:35 09 Jul 03

I'm running Windows XP and Outlook Express, but cannot find where all the emails are kept on the C drive, I want to put an icon on my desktop so that I can drag and drop them into an external drive for backups as I do for My Docs. Can anyone please help me?

  Tj_El 10:54 09 Jul 03

Gom to: Tools > Options > Maintenance. Click on the 'Store Folder'. That's where they are stored.

  Tj_El 10:55 09 Jul 03

:-o)) I of cource meant "Go to" ....

  34jc91 11:23 09 Jul 03

Thanks to both of you for that, it took me almost there but when I go to C:\Documents and Settings\My User Name\ all I can see is the following, Cookies, Desktop, Favourites, my docs, start menu and WINDOWS, there's no sign of \Local Settings\Application although I confirmed this was where they are by going to Tools> etc.

  GroupFC 11:34 09 Jul 03

I think you have to opt to show hidden folders.
In explorer go to tools>folder options>view and then show hidden folders.

  34jc91 12:24 09 Jul 03

Thanks everybody I've found them, but there'e one more question, when I try to open the files it warns me that because they are .dbx files I could damage the system, is it ok just to look at them?

  Tj_El 18:39 09 Jul 03

Don't think you'll be able to 'look at them' as you would say a *.doc file. It needs to be viewed with the application which in this case is Outlook.

I would resist the temptation to open them... ;-o)

  BurrWalnut 19:34 09 Jul 03

To make it easier to backup you could of course move them to your own folder, e.g. create a folder, say, My Mail Boxes, then via OE, Tools, Options, Maintenance Tab and type in the name of your new "Store Folder".

  DieSse 23:04 09 Jul 03

You need to be aware that emails are not stored as individual files, but are stored in databases - the one called Inbox.dbx, for instance, stores all the emails in your inbox - and may even still have deleted or moved emails in it (that don't show up in OE).

The only program to open these dbx files, is Outlook Express, or a few utility programs that specialise in repeiring and recovering files from corrupt OE databases

  34jc91 06:53 10 Jul 03

Its all sorted now, many thanks to all who responded.

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