What file and extension does Outlook Express save all your messages in?

By bbrad ·
Reformating a hard drive and need to save clients email in Outlook Express.

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by TheChas In reply to What file and extension d ...

First off, Outlook Express unlike Outlook does not store everything in a single file.

You need to back up the address book, account settings and email folders separately.

The path to the email files in XP is something like this:

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

The information in brackets {} is user specific.

There will be 1 .DBX file for each folder in Outlook Express.
If there are multiple identities or OE user accounts, there will be more folders in documents and settings that you need to back up.

The address book is here:

C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book

Personally, I would consider backing up the entire Documents and Settings folder. That way, you can recover any stray file you might need.

When you have restored the system, open OE and use the Import tool to bring back their email and account settings.

Then manually copy over things like favorites and the My Documents folders.


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