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Mail backup in outlook express

By sbn20002001 ·
Please, I'll like to find out where outlook express stores it's mails. What do I need to do in order to backup mails received in Outlook Express such that when I format and reinstall the computer, I can restore the mails? If there's some special way I need to restore the mails, I'll appreciate it very much.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Mail backup in outlook ex ...

to find the folder where your OE mail is stored (if you use OE profiles, there will be one folder for each profile):
in Outlook Express, pick tools/options/maintenance tab/store folder
write down the long strange name, then search for it using windows explorer...
you can also do export/import of your mail messagess and addresses...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

to put it back, you copy it to the new computer, then use the Store Folder button to 'tell' the new OE where it is...

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by sbn20002001 In reply to

THanks a lot. I'm very grateful.

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by TheChas In reply to Mail backup in outlook ex ...

Here is a link to a backup program for OE.

Outlook Express stores your messages in a series of .dbx files.

There will be 1 dbx file for each folder in OE plus 1 more.

The default location varies by the version of OE and Windows.

For 2000 and XP the default location is:
C:\Documents and Settings\{User Name}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express

For Windows 98, the default path is similar to:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\Identities\{a string}\

You will need to back up your address book separately.


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by sbn20002001 In reply to

U're wonderful. Thanks a lot.

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by omie In reply to Mail backup in outlook ex ...

it is a lot easier to make a pst file and save it.That way you will be saving all your e-mail files. The way to do it is click on "File" then select "Import and Export tab " then select "Export to a file " then "Personal file (pst)" hight light the mailbox you wanna back up and check also to include sub folder , and then look for a location you wanna save the file.Bear in mind also not to select with encryption for easier restoration.
To restore it back you could do it by importing instead of exporting.

Good luck

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by sbn20002001 In reply to

Great! thanks a great deal.

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by singhrishi77 In reply to Mail backup in outlook ex ...

Outlook Express stores the mails in *.dbx format and to take the backup of the mails in outlook express just follow the following steps.

1.Start Outlook Express.
2.On the Tools menu, click Options.
3.On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder, click to select the path, press CTRL+C to copy the path, click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
4.Click Start, click Run, click in the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
5.On the Edit menu, click Select All.
6.On the Edit menu, click Copy.
7.Paste the files into another folder.

To restore or import your e-mail message folder back into Outlook Express, follow these steps:

1.On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
2.In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5, and then click Next.
3.Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory, and then click OK.
4.Click Browse, and then point to the folder that includes the files you want to import.
5.Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.


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by sbn20002001 In reply to

U're wonderful. Thanks a great deal.

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