new express setup

August 7, 2009 at 20:23:56
Specs: Windows XP
I am trying to import the dbx files from my old pc but it only sees the inbox and won't import any of my old emails I want to save from the old pc. In the import tool I point it to the store folder that I created and it only sees inbox and outbox.

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#1
August 7, 2009 at 20:25:05
Sorry forgot to mention this is with OE6 on old pc going to OE6 on new

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#2
August 7, 2009 at 20:36:12
The best way to do that is export all your emails to a floppy diskette or CD on the old system.Then Import them on the new system.

If it's Outlook Express, you can find export/import in the 'File' drop down menu.


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#3
August 7, 2009 at 21:35:53
Yes, that is what I have done. The new netbook doesn't have a cd drive so I put all the dbx files on a flash drive and put them in a folder on the new netbook. Then when I try the import function it doesn't see any of the files except inbox and outbox when I point to the folder where they are all at. Any thoughts?

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#4
August 8, 2009 at 11:19:14
"I put all the dbx files on a flash drive"

That makes it sound like you just 'copied' the DBX files. If you didn't use the export function, that could be the reason. OE has an 'index' file with pointers to all the DBX files. It needs to be updated/moved also.

If you did use export and import, I'm at a loss.


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#5
August 8, 2009 at 14:32:22
Yes, I would like to use the export function from the old pc but as soon as you start it a message pops up saying "This will export messages from outlook express to microsoft outlook or exchange." After clicking on OK it just start exporting to the outlook on the old pc. It never gives the option to where to export to... ??? How do I export to a drive or location?

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#6
August 8, 2009 at 15:03:18
Sorry about that Martin. I see what you mean. I have never actually done it myself. I tried it and it does exactly what you said.

But I found a MS web page that has instructions on how to backup OE files.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670

I don't know why they made it so difficult. But i think the instructions should probably help. :-)


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#7
August 8, 2009 at 15:16:44
YES I've done everything they suggest, which is just COPY the contents from the store directory and paste into another "backup" folder. This seems to be good for backing up on the same pc in case you lose emails or OE crashes. But it doesn't seem to recognize the files once pasted on the new pc, so it doesn't actually transfer the old emails to the new pc, just backs up emails for that same pc. ??? so frustrated at this point!

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#8
August 8, 2009 at 16:29:36
I believe it works just fine Martin, at least on my system.

Create a backup folder like instructed.
Copy that folder to the other system.

Then follow the following instructions from that web page to import the messages from the backup folder that you created and moved:

Step 1: Import messages from the backup folder

1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
2. In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.
3. Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and then click OK.
4. Click Browse, and then click the Mail Backup folder.
5. Click OK, and then click Next.
6. Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.


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#9
August 8, 2009 at 16:40:11
Do it the proper way if at all possible (see #8) but as a "LAST RESORT" I have found it is possible to copy the "named" boxes from one machine to another within the file system. For example, take Inbox.dbx from the old machine, find Inbox.dbx on your new machine and copy it over.

Note however, that this is "replacement" not "merging" so any emails you have already received on your new machine will be lost. Always make a security copy first of anything you intend to overwrite, just in case of some glich.

some other bloke...


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#10
August 8, 2009 at 18:50:56
Yes, I thought of that before and made an exact copy of one of the old folder on the new system. But the import function still only sees inbox and outbox. I'll keep trying... We'll see.

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#11
August 9, 2009 at 13:37:35
Just to clarify, in my #9 I was not talking about using the Import function but a copy over and replacement of the dbx files themselves (using Search/Find to locate them in their normal place within each system).

You would have to ensure that all files/folder are unhidden in order to find them. Search *.dbx will find all dbx files but only the named boxes you are interested in should be replaced.

If you have set up your own special folders in Outlook Express on the old machine they would need setting up (empty) in exactly the same manner in Outlook Express on the new machine, otherwise there will be nothing to replace. The names of the boxes being replaced must be identical in both OE's before you start.

I have resorted to this in the past but only if for some reason the MS Import/Export functions do not work properly.

some other bloke...


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