Where does outlook express save email files


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Does anyone know where outlook express saves email files and what the suffix
for these files would be. My windows operating system has gone down and I
need to reformat the hard drive. I have managed to salvage files
pictures/music etc from the C drive but cant find the emails that we had
saved in outlook express. They are not on our service proivder's server. Does
anyon know where I might find these?
 
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Bruce Chambers

Graham said:
Does anyone know where outlook express saves email files and what the suffix
for these files would be. My windows operating system has gone down and I
need to reformat the hard drive. I have managed to salvage files
pictures/music etc from the C drive but cant find the emails that we had
saved in outlook express. They are not on our service proivder's server. Does
anyon know where I might find these?

The default file extension will be "dbx." In Outlook Express, click
Tools > Options > Maintenance > Store Folder. This will tell you where
you have OE set to store its data files. (You'll have to look for
yourself, I'm afraid. I've not used OE for years, nor did I ever allow
it to save in any "default" location, although I believe it was
somewhere under "C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local
Settings\Application Data." However, if you copy off your entire user
profile, you'll most likely get it.)


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Steve

Graham said:
Does anyone know where outlook express saves email files and what the
suffix
for these files would be. My windows operating system has gone down and I
need to reformat the hard drive. I have managed to salvage files
pictures/music etc from the C drive but cant find the emails that we had
saved in outlook express. They are not on our service proivder's server.
Does
anyon know where I might find these?



C:\Documents and Settings\#USERNAME#\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book

will contain

USERNAME.wab

for the address book


C:\Documents and Settings\#USERNAME#\Local Settings\Application
Data\Identities\{unique hex string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

will contain the various dbx files. One for each folder within your inbox,
plus outbox/sent and newsgroups.



Hope this helps

Steve
 
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Patrick Keenan

Graham said:
Does anyone know where outlook express saves email files and what the
suffix
for these files would be. My windows operating system has gone down and I
need to reformat the hard drive. I have managed to salvage files
pictures/music etc from the C drive but cant find the emails that we had
saved in outlook express. They are not on our service proivder's server.
Does
anyon know where I might find these?
Since you can't run OE to get the location, and there will be a different
set of mail files for each identity, search for *.dbx files for email
stores and *.wab for the address books.

Note that these locations are helpfully set to hidden by default, so you
may need to reset Explorer and the search utility to display and search in
hidden/system folders.

HTH
-pk
 

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