Reinstalling Outlook Express Backup.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Heeter, Jan 25, 2003.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    I recently reinstalled WinXPHome and before I did this, I did a backup of my files in my

    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{C5FEE46C-9820-42D7-8186-849745E8880F}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\,

    as described in PCWorld magazine. Now after the reinstall, I but all those backup files back in the folder, but now the folders that I created before the reinstall still do not reappear in my outlook Express now. Am I missing something? Or did I forget to do something?

    Heeter
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    You dont have to keep them in the same place, for example i keep all my mail on D:\


    Open up OE
    Tools >> Options
    Maintenance Tab
    Click the store folder button and change it to where all your .dbx files are.
     
  3. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    If SpeedY_B's suggestion didn't help you out (How dare I doubt SpeedY_B?), you might want to check out Microsoft Knowledge Base # Q270670.

    It gives detailed info on Importing the Messages from a Backup Folder.

    Not sure what PC World said - I'll have to look for the article!
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Pobody's Nerfect :p
     
  5. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    The article is the PCWorld December 2002, page 207. Great article, but only if it would show how to put those folders that I created back. I will check out that knowledge base.


    Heeter
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Thanks SpeedyB and Damnyank,

    That knowledge base did the trick. Thanks again.

    Heeter
     
  7. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Well I was quick to reply, The knowledge base imported the folders that I had created and backed-up, but I am still missing the information inside them. I still have the backed up files set aside. Got to figure out how to import the actual information. SpeedyB'sdvice did not fix this problem.

    Heeter
     
  8. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    Makes one wonder if in fact the information is in the "backup folders".

    Is there anyway you can do a right click, Properties on the folders and see if they have any size to them - as in make sure they are not 0 bytes - as in empty folders.
     
  9. zalood

    zalood OSNN Addict

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    First do what damnyank suggested, to check it is not an empty dbx.

    If File > Import procedure didn't help:

    Locate where OE stores the data as suggested by SpeedY_B

    Exit OE and copy your dbx files from backup directory to the OE store location.

    Tips: if you have any other folder than the default folders,
    sometime OE refuse to recognize this folders. Here is what you should do:

    For example you have a folder named Personal in your backup,
    make a new folder and name it Personal,
    exit OE goto the store folder, delete Personal.dbx,
    than copy Personal.dbx from your backup folder to the store folder

    hope this help
     
  10. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi damnyank.

    There is size to each dbx in my backup folder, compared to a new dbx. So there is something in each file. And Thanks Zalood. I did rename the backup folder and installed it into what was previously there, to no avail. I will keep trying. Also, I did email the writer of the piece, maybe he might have any ideas. I am open to other suggestions as well. Thanks everyone so far.....

    Heeter
     
  11. zalood

    zalood OSNN Addict

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    Heeter,

    don't give up . . its got to work as I did this all the time.
    Tell us what files do you have in both the store & backup folders.
    Make sure you found the actual location of the store folder.

    In my previous post, I forget to tell you that you should NOT copy "Folders.dbx" from backup folder to store folder. Sorry.
     
  12. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Well, now when I send the backup folders to the C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{C5FEE46C-9820-42D7-8186-849745E8880F}\Microsoft\Outlook Express folder, Outlook creates a new folder with the same title as my backups but with a one (1) at the end of the title. go figure. This is starting to get a little annoying....


    Heeter
     
  13. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Well I keep trying different types of importing, cutting and pasting. To no avail. Can someone out there please help me. Thanks in advance. I really need to get in to my folders.

    Heeter