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Outlook express and local folders

By James Schroer ·
I had a computer that I was running Outlook express. Well the computer shot craps but the hard drive was still good. I moved it to another computer to pull off the data. I got everything off except for the local folders that I had in Outlook Express. Where can I find those?

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by apotheon In reply to Outlook express and local ...

If you can boot from the drive still, in another computer, try the following for OE 5.x:

1. open Outlook Express
2. Tools > Options > Maintenance tab
3. click Store Folder
4. At this point, you can just copy the location in the "Your personal message store is located in the following folder" field: you can right-click on the location and choose Select All, then right-click it again and choose Copy, to copy the path to the clipboard.

If you can't boot this on another computer, things become more difficult, in part because different versions of Windows store things in different places. For instance, in XP Professional, it should be located at:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{[long string of numbers and letters]}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

In Windows 98SE, it should be located at:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{[long string of numbers and letters]}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

In the above paths, replace any bracket set with the contents (for instance, if your username is Username, you replace "[username]" with Username). The braces around the "long string of numbers" bracket set are necessary, however, so "{[long string of numbers]}" becomes something like "{1k46kk33-k33k3k3-664jy46h6hh44332}".

The long strings of numbers, unfortunately, are something you'll have to find out for yourself. Each number set is associated with your user account on the machine in question.

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by statykserver In reply to Outlook express and local ...

I think the local folders have a .dbx extension. Search the drive for those extenstion and import them into outlook express and you should have those folders back.

Good luck

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by TheChas In reply to Outlook express and local ...

The actual store location of your Outlook Express mail depends on the version of Windows you are running.

For W98, the path is:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\{a string}\Outlook Express

For Windows 2000 or XP, the path is:

C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{a string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

There will be 1 .DBX file for each OE folder plus 1 additional file.

You can use the import tool from OE to import your old messages.

You will need to import the old address book separately.

The file will be in the folder address book and be named {user name}.WAB


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by ReWrite In reply to Outlook express and local ...

The oe files are in various places depending on the operating system. As suggested above, do a search for dbx files (if it is a really old verson they might still be mbx files). Copy all of the files to a new directory (just to make things easier). The oe address book has an extension of wab. Search for this file and place it in the new directory also. Start your new oe and do an import. Follow the directions for importing from dbx files and point the source location as your directory you created and placed the dbx files into. Then do an import of the address book and point the source directory to your new directory with the wab file.

Here's a link that explains the process:



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