Cannot Recover Emails

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January 26, 2009 at 12:50:23
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.4 GHz / 3326 MB
I don't know where to ask, since this issue relates to Windows XP, I am posting it here.

I backed up Inbox.dbx before I reinstalled XP and whenever I try to replace the Backed Up Inbox.dbx to the new outlook express .dbx part, outlook express creates Inbox(1).dbx and ignores the Inbox.dbx I tried to replace to get my old emails back.

How do I recover those emails? Please Help. All I want to do is put those emails in Outlook 2007.


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#1
January 26, 2009 at 13:27:41
How did you start backup .dbx folder?
link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670
you cannot just copy inbox.dbx and paste it to new mail folder, as OE will not accept it.
If inbox.dbx is the oly file you have backup, try download www.mailnavigator.com the program is free and you can view the message again, hope it helps

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#2
January 26, 2009 at 13:55:41
I've never done what you are attempting, but I guess if you rename the inbox.dbx file to something like inbox.dbx.tmp. Then rename the inbox(1).dbx to inbox.dbx, I think it should be recognized.

I would suggest that you create other folders and move messages out of the inboz. Leave it for just new messages that you haven't read yet. I greate a folder for each person I communicate with and move each message from the 'inbox' and 'sent items' to that folder.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#3
January 26, 2009 at 14:05:52
I copied the whole Outlook Express Storage folder before Windows Reinstallation. Now, I tried to copy it back in the new reinstallation and inbox is the only program which I don't see. Everything else, I see.

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#4
January 26, 2009 at 16:02:36
Did you try what I suggested in reponse #2

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#5
January 26, 2009 at 16:30:44
aegis1, I did exactly what I said and I still get empty Inbox. Its strange that even though my old DBX file is used, its not showing any old emails in it.

Also, I am having a bigger problem. I lost all my contacts and address book. I looked in my backup to see contacts.dbx and contacts.bak but how the heck do I put them back in Outlook Express? Please Help Me.


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#6
January 26, 2009 at 18:23:00
It's been many years since I messed around with the OE files. But I remember that there was an 'index' file for all the DBX files. I thought maybe you hadn't copied it along with all the DBXs. But I just checked my OE files and I don't see that index file. I'm at a loss.

If you don't have any luck restoring. You can find a couple of programs (not free) that will extract your messages out of the DBX files at http://www.oehelp.com/.
I remember using the $9 one many years ago and I 'think' it worked pretty well.

I assume that you still have the saved DBX files. One thing you might try is copying them again, but this time deleting the new inbox.dbx file before copying in the old files.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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