What will happen if I copy and paste e-mails etc;

  Sapins 19:10 28 Jul 10

I have done a full re-install of XP Home and I have saved, I think, all my e-mails and favourites to an external hard drive. If I copy and paste or drag and drop these files into the appropriate folders will they overwrite existing files or will they ask me if I want to change any duplicated files? Hope that is clear!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:26 28 Jul 10

How, exactly did you save them?

Copy Mail Files to a Backup Folder

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express e-mail message files:

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.

  lotvic 19:30 28 Jul 10

What email client? OE6?

and how (exact method) did you save the emails?

Usual way is you Export .dbx all folders and save to ext HDD and then after reinstall and all updating of XP you Import them.

But there are variations on this depending on how you have saved to ext HDD.

  Sapins 08:37 29 Jul 10

I am using OE6. After I re-installed XP Home I imported two folders, favourites ans e-mails, I also have older back ups of these and I want to import those as well, if these older backups contain some of the same favourites or e-mails that are already in the OE folders will I be able to import them?

Fruit Bat /\0/\ I used your method to save the files.

  lotvic 08:56 29 Jul 10

IMHO Easiest way is to rename the folders in your (new) working OE6 so they are not overwritten by importing backup folder with same name.
For example: if you have a folder called 'Jane' rename it to 'Jane A'
Then you can sort duplicate emails in the two folders afterwards.

Or you could make an extra new Identity and import your backup to that identity - I have found this quite useful for old emails that I want to keep and have easy access to without cluttering up my usual working Main Identity.
(I skip the email account making bit as don't need to be able to send and receive on other Identities)

  Sapins 10:33 29 Jul 10

I have just imported the older folders and all went well, only 2 folders duplicated which I can sort out re your advice lotvic, I did a restore point first but I don't need it

Thank you both for your help, much appreciated,



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