Where does Outlook Express hide the messages.

  1933 15:49 02 Jun 08

Is there a way of recovering emails from their hiding place. I recently lost XP but can still acess the drive with an external USB/IDE adapter. In what form are the files stored? Thanks

  mfletch 16:08 02 Jun 08

C:\Windows\Application Data\Outlook Express\{GUID}
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

And they are stored as DBX files


  Technotiger 16:10 02 Jun 08

From the Outlook Express menu select Tools | Options | Maintenance and click the StoreFolder button. You see a dialog with the name of the directory that has your mail files. If you look in that directory you find files named after your mail folders and news groups. They all have a .DBX suffix. Outlook Express keeps all messages in these database files. If you make copies of these files regularly, you'll have a safe backup of your OE mail.

  BurrWalnut 16:11 02 Jun 08

The mail boxes of Outlook Express are hidden folders located at C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\long name\Microsoft\Outlook Express, then Inbox, Sent Items, etc.

You can copy, say, Inbox from the external drive to new internal drive but set up OE before copying. Also, make sure OE is closed as you do the copy.

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