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 How to restore destroyed Outlook Express mailboxes?


Restore Outlook Express DBX files

      Q1. The problem is that Outlook Express 6 just LOST 3 of my folders.
      They still exist on disk as dbx files, and your program opens them fine.
      How can I get them back into Outlook Express 6?

      Q2. My computer crashed and the hard disk will not boot anymore.
      I have restored some dbx files, and your program allows me to read them.
      But I want to restore access to them from Outlook Express on a new hard disk. Is this possible?

MailNavigator can cope with the task of restoring out-of-order dbx files when Outlook Express itself cannot read them and when a range of other programs are not capable of restoring the information contained in these files. These situations can happen because of viruses, computer breakdown, power interruptions and many other reasons, leading to errors in the file system.

If your computer crashed, first of all you should make sure you have backup copies of your dbx files as well as of all other important data. It's good if you make backup copies of your data on a regular basis. But, unfortunately, in our experience situations are often encountered where there is already nothing to restore.

The process of data recovery from dbx files includes two stages:

Information Retrieval page :: Boxes of Outlook ExpressInformation Retrieval page :: Boxes of Outlook Express

If your Outlook Express program is properly installed and tuned, MailNavigator will automatically find the dbx files from the information in the systems register. In this case you can load the dbx files from the Information Retrieval page by double clicking on each of them. Or search for messages in these files using the search system.

If MailNavigator cannot automatically determine the location of the dbx files (for example if these files are on a CD), first you have to find them using search tools, and then load them into MailNavigator using the menu command:

File | Load External Mailbox...

MailNavigator :: Message | Save as... Once you've read the messages, select the ones that should be exported back into Outlook Express. You can use various filters to select the messages. If you want to export all the messages browsable in the Navigator at once, use the menu command:

Message | Select All

Having selected the messages, export them using the menu command:

Message | Save as...

Save as type: Eudora mailbox In the opened dialogue box, indicate the file and export path, and choose the file type: Eudora mailbox.

When the command is executed, there will be files in the export directory with extensions .toc and .mbx, and also a file descmap.pce. If there are attached files in the exported messages they will be saved in the subdirectory Attach.


Once the mailbox in Eudora format is created, open the program Outlook Express and use the menu command:

File | Import | Messages...

Outlook Express :: File | Import | Messages...

In the opened dialogue box, as the program from which the message is imported, select: Eudora Pro or Light:

Outlook Express Import :: Select Eudora Pro or Light

In the next dialogue box indicate the directory in which you put the messages from MailNavigator at the export stage:

Outlook Express Import :: Location of Messages

Further, if Outlook Express finds mailboxes in this directory, it will suggest you select one of them for import:

Outlook Express Import :: Select Folders

All that remains to do is to press the Finish button, and a folder containing the imported messages is created in Outlook Express.



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