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How to retrieve Outlook Ex. saved emails from hard drive with my new iMAC?

By wildhorse ·
I saved my hard drive from my dead PC, and just bought a MAC for the first time. I can run my external hard drive to see my files, but I don't know where I find my saved emails. I had a Toshiba Satellite notebook, running Windows xp home edition. These emails were opened in Outlook Express, and saved in folders I created in Outlook Express(ie- "Houses" folder kept emails relating to my housing search). These are important emails. Other emails saved date back 2-3 years, but the most important messages are dated approx. November 2008 to Feb. 7 2009 (the day my computer died- mother board dead- no recovery). Please help!
Thanks so much.

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Outlook emails are stored in a PST file....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to How to retrieve Outlook E ...

The PST files are located at:

C:\Documents and Settings\YourUsername\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

You may need to enable the View Hidden Files in order to find that particular path.

You will need to reinstall Outlook on your new computer and IMPORT everything from the old PST file into the new one.

(edited to add)

Your title says Outlook Express. The body of your post says Outlook. The two are different. The directions above are for Outlook.

For Outlook Express, the path is:

C:\Documents and Settings\YourUsername\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{AUniqueIdentityHere}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

The Outlook Express folders are DBX files which must still be imported into Outlook Express on a new computer (unless it's running Vista).

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Outlook Express as apposed to Outlook files

by OH Smeg In reply to How to retrieve Outlook E ...

Are DBX Files and are located in the C Drive here

My Computer, Documents & Settings, User Account Name, Local Settings, Application Data, Identities, A String that refers to the OS Load, Microsoft, Outlook Express.

You will have to go into the Folder Proprieties and Unhide Hidden Folders before you start opening anything up so Click on My Computer and select the Tools Tab and left click on Folder Options and then the View Tab then untick the Hide Hidden Folders by Left Clicking on the Show Hidden Folders and apply the changes.

If you have a Password on this old system you will also need to Take Ownership of the Files/Folders and in XP you do that this way

To take ownership of a file or a folder
How to take ownership of a file
You must have ownership of a protected file in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the file by taking ownership.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the administrators group now owns the file.
To change the permissions on the file that you now own, follow these steps:
Click Add.
In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to have access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
Click OK.
In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
You can now access the file.
How to take ownership of a folder
You must have ownership of a protected folder in order to access it. If another user has restricted access and you are the computer administrator, you can access the folder by taking ownership.

To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
All permissions will be replaced if you click Yes.

Note folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.
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The full KB Article for Taking Ownership of Files/Folders can be found here

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421

As DBX Files are not stored signally you will need to recover each DBX File which is a file for each Box you had in Outlook Express like Sent Items, Incoming E-Mail and so on and import these into Outlook Express or Outlook by left clicking on the Word File in either of these Programs and selecting the Import Option in the Drop Down Menu that appears.

You Can Not Import Individual E-Mails into your Mail Client as there are not stored Individually in Outlook Express only the Box that they where stored in is Saved and this will import every E-Mail stored in that Box.

If your new computer is a Vista system and it doesn't have M$ Office Installed you can load Monzilla Thunderbird from here

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/all.html

Just chose your Language preference and click on the Windows version of it. :)

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