outlook express 6 is automatically deleting m

March 24, 2011 at 10:38:35
Specs: Windows XP
I have messages in the sent items folder in Outlook Express 6. They go back to March of 2010. They go all the way from there to October 2010. I recently was looking for an email I sent in December of 2010 and noticed that the last one in the list was 10/08/2010. The list continued with sent emails from about two weeks before the current date. Everything between 10/2010 and March 2011 is missing. It now seems that each day more messages are deleted so that there are only two weeks of the most recently sent emails in the folder, but all of them from 3/10 to 10/10 remain. I have checked everything and can find no reason why it is deleting these sent messages.

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March 24, 2011 at 12:47:04
Are you archivng? Check the rules and settings for archiving mail.

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March 24, 2011 at 13:04:39
I am not archiving. The only time something like that came up is a while back the program asked if I wanted to compact. I agreed, but it did not ask me where to save the messages and did not indicate that it was going to continue removing them from sent messages every day.

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March 25, 2011 at 09:02:41
I don't think OE has an archiving option. Are the deleted items going into your Deleted Items? Are you connecting to an ISP's email account or POPing some web-based email?

I'd try renaming the sent items.dbx to something like Old Sent. When you reopen OE, the default Sent Items folder will be recreated. Keep an eye on it and see if the same behavior repeats.

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