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Lost Email after compacting.

 
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Littlerooster



Joined: 22 Apr 2009
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Location: Columbus Junction, Iowa USA

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 6:03 am    Post subject: Lost Email after compacting. Reply with quote

Outlook express prompted me to compact all my email folders to save disk space since apparently there were a lot of them accumulated over time. (around 3200) However having ok'd this and then opening outlook express I find that all my emails from 2009 are gone - only some from earlier years that I was saving now show up. Needless to say I really need my latest ones so I did some research and followed the instructions found on this web address: http://www.ehow.com/how_4464383_restore-deleted-files-from-microsoft.html - I discovered all the files were located in the recycle bin shown as .BAK (As per sent.bak - deleted.bak-inbox.bak, and so on)I started by just changing the "Sent Items.DBX and the Sent Items.BAK ,as instructed ,however they did not show up at all. There are 12 each folders ie: 12 .bak and 12 .dbx like :Deleted Items.bak and Deleted Items.dbx , Inbox.BAK and Inbox.DBX , and so on . I may have goofed when I tried opening some of them when asked what program to open them with. I could not do so with outlook express so tried Wordpad and that would not work..just messed up the icons and stalled the computer. I am really needing to restore these files and will most certainly appreciate your help. Please advise what steps I can take and let me know if you need further! Sincere Thanks: Dick
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried importing them through the Import feature in Outlook Express?
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