Importing .dbx files into outlook


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I have outlook express running on my XP home computer and want to transfer
everything in it to a new computer. I understand I have to import the
mailboxes into OE because one can no longer export .iaf files from Outlook.

Before I do that, I also have had numerous hard drive crashes which have
resulted in retrieved .dbx files of anything up to 12 MB in size. I suppose
these must be my inbox files which may well be kinda important. They were
probably created using the same version of Outlook Express 5 or 6 which I
have been using for some years now.

I would like to consolidate all these files before using Quick Backup to
back everything up and importing everything to the new computer but cant
import them into outlook express whose import function doesn't recognise
them as proper .dbx files.

Is there any way of importing the folder containing them or the files
themselves into Outlook?
 
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Actually I am asking here because no one in the OE NG had a clue as to how
to import dbx files which for some reason aren't imported by the simple
import function. So I thought that I might be able to import them into the
..pst file and then possibly export them back to OE (or at least use them in
some folder in outlook itself)
 
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Gordon

news.microsoft.com said:
Actually I am asking here because no one in the OE NG had a clue as to how
to import dbx files
I can't believe that! There are some VERY knowledgable people on the OE
groups!

Do I gather that you are wanting to to transfer your Outlook EXPRESS from
one computer to Outlook EXPRESS on a new computer?

If so then read here:

http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/backup/

That is the /definitive/ page on backing up and restoring OE.

HTH
 
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I can't believe that! There are some VERY knowledgable people on the OE
I posted it to microsoft.public.outlookexpress.general under a similar
heading to this one and was just given stock responses telling me how to
import which one would naturally already have tried before posting a
difficult question. i try self-help first and try not to post easy or
obvious questions. When I posted, I said that the obvious steps weren't
working and said in detail that what had happened was that I had had a hard
drive crash which had left me with spare dbx files with all the proper names
recovered from the hard drive. No one really addressed this specific
problem in any way. They were all very good at telling me how to transfer OE
settings and postings and emails from one computer to another. Is there
another outlook express NG where I should have posted? Or is there simply no
way if the simple import function wont work? I dont think that the DBX files
are corrupted though I do suspect that the directory structure is wrong in
the folders where the dbx files are presently located which is probably why
I cant use the import function.
Do I gather that you are wanting to to transfer your Outlook EXPRESS from
one computer to Outlook EXPRESS on a new computer?
I wanted to consolidate all my similar folders first and was coming to the
conclusion that this was only going to be possible by importing the dbx
files into outlook but I might well be wrong on that
 
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Gordon

news.microsoft.com said:
When I posted, I said that the obvious steps weren't
working and said in detail that what had happened was that I had had a
hard drive crash which had left me with spare dbx files with all the
proper names recovered from the hard drive. No one really addressed this
specific problem in any way.
is there, among your dbx files, one called Folders.dbx? If there is not,
then that's the reason the import won't work. There is a workaround, but
it's a bit laborious, depending on how many files you have.
 
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