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Outlook Express store location

By thetechguy ·
Is there a way to store the outlook express store folder on a network drive.

Outlook express store folder can be changed from tools-->options-->maintenance-->store folder.From here i can change the storage location to any of the local drives but when i select a network drive(for example my home drive on server)the option is greyed out.

Any registry hack/workaround available or is this a bug in outlook express.

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by TheChas In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

Do you have the network drive mapped so that you automaticaly connect to it at startup?

If not, give that a try.

Chas

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by thetechguy In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

I have mentioned about my home drive, which will always be mapped on logon.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

I use Outlook Express and, like you, have looked for a way to save the mail folders to a network drive. However, I have been unable to find a way. I think this is intentionally designed this way, but I'm not exactly sure why, perhaps as a way to separate functionality between Outlook and Outlook Express. I did read some theory about OE avoiding "slow network connections", but I don't place much merit in that. I also read about a user who attempted to force the change through a registry hack, but he simply wasted Outlook Express in the process.

Then I ran across an interesting "possible" solution. I say "possible" because there was no mention of the outcome, nor did I try it. It involved simply copying the folders/files by means of a login script and logout script. (Copying them to a network drive at logout and back to the local drive at login.) The weakness of this method, however, is a logout/login is necessary whenever the user wants to run OE, and that seems unacceptable to me.

But that also illustrated the possibility of the same copy flow, but by means of a batch file instead of a login script. Back in the DOS days, we used to create a batch file that did various things before it launched the desided program. A batch file, for example, would perform various tasks such as change directories, delete backup (.bak) files, and the like. It would then launch the appropriate .exe program. After the program is exited, the batch file then would pickup at the line after the program was launched.

In this case, the flow of the batch file might look something like this:

(This flow "presumes" that you've already copied the most recent OE Store to the networked drive.)

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by maxwell edison In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

OE-New.bat

1. Navigate to the Outlook Express Program Folder.
2. Copy the "saved" OE Store back to the local drive.
3. Launch OE (msimn.exe)
4. (This line is executed after exiting OE.) Copy the Store back to the network drive.
5. Goes backto whatever folder, does whatever else you might like, etc. - or simply ends.

There would be some "streamlining" commands necessary to automatically close the DOS window and such, but I don't remember off the top of my head what they are. A simple search for Batch commands or something would get you to whatever sources necessary.

The drawback to this would be the time it might take to copy files that could get rather large. But, then again, it may not be a factor.

Well, it's an idea anyway. Maybe I'll try it myself. If you want to email me, maybe I will try it myself, and between the two of us we could come up with a nice clean series of batch commands to do it. I'm sure it would work, but at this point, I'm not sure how "smoothly".

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by thetechguy In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

Thanks Maxwell, but i am sorry-- i am not looking at this type of solution.

All i want is simply change the store folder to a network drive like you mentioned in your reply(outlook personal foilders on a network drive).

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by BudTheGrey In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

I read in a microsoft document somewhere (I think the docs for the IEAK6), that when you browse for the new store folder, OE will NOT let you choose a network device. Something about networks not always being available.

I'd be interested in finding a workaround, but poking in the registry has't been too rewarding yet.

Mozilla, Netscape, Eudora, and (I think) Opera all give you the ability to store message where ever you want.

Using IMAP protocol is also an option.

HTH

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by thetechguy In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

Hope we get a solution for this.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

I know you don't want to hear this, but Outlook Express simply won't allow you to do what you want. There's plenty of documentation stating such, and none to suggest otherwise.

If you want to save the store folders on a networked drive, you'll have to get somewhat creative, and do it outside of Outlook Express.

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Q199074 clearly states, "...the Outlook Express message folder must be located on a local hard disk, not on removable media or a network share".http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q199074&

Differences between Outlook and Outlook Express:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q257824

As Walter Cronkite used to say, "and that's the way it is". (Ihope I'm not aging myself.)

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by thetechguy In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

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by maxwell edison In reply to Outlook Express store loc ...

However (and now you have me very curious), I did find the following in an article at Internet Magazine:

http://www.internet-magazine.com/experthelp/view.asp?id=143

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Excerpt from article:

This is a common query which we've looked at before. Outlook Express only likes local hard disk drives. According to Microsoft, the Outlook Express message folder must be located on a local hard disk, not on removable media or a network share. But it's possible to overcome this limitation - that's the good news. The bad news is that moving the location of the mail store to a mapped or removable drive isn't supported by Microsoft, so you use the following information at your own risk.

This hack applies to Windows 95 or Windows 98. Load the Registry Editor, RegEdit (having first taken a security backup of the Registry) and drill down to the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT _USER\Software\Microsoft \Outlook Express. Right click on the Store Root value to edit it, changing it to the desired network share or path. Note that if user profiles are in force, the Store Root value is located in the registry key: HKEY_USERS\username\Software \Microsoft\Outlook Express. 'Username' is the name you use to log on to Windows 95/98.

Things are slightly different in Outlook Express 5.x as it lacks separate Mail and News folders because everything is now held in .DBX message stores - Inbox.dbx, Sent Items.dbx, and so on.

The registry location for Outlook Express5 is: HKEY_CURRENT _USER\Identities\{idnum}\Software \Microsoft\Outlook Express.

So there ya' go.

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