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    importing *.dbx files (5)

    Hi, sorry if something about this has already been posted.
    I recovered my outlook express folder from a crashed hard drive (c:windowsapplication dataidentities{bunch of letters and number}microsoftoutlook express)
    I'm now using XP and outlook express 6. Is there a way for me to import the individual *.dbx files into something i can use? Ultimately i'd like to have the emails in Outlook (the outlook that comes with office xp -- *.pst format).
    Thanks.

    Edit: I saw some of the posts explaining how you can just move these files into the folder where they are stored for XP, i tried this and it didn't really seem to work. My Inbox and Sent files are ~150megs each and the only thing that comes up when i run OE6 is a few emails that i recently sent (well, posted to a news group, so don't know if it counts).

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    As I understand it, you need to make a note of where the recovered file is, then in OE6, go to File, Import, mail messages and answer the questions as it goes along (I'm not in front of OE here so can't tell you the exact details).

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    yeah, i think the import feature is for individual messages, not mailbox files (*.dbx).
    i tried that and it wouldn't work when i pointed the import wizard to the folder where i have the old files.
    tried telling it that it was from different versions of OE and everything, still no luck. thanks anyways though.

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tomsterdam.com>http://www.tomsterdam.com</A> for ways of moving the file and having it recongized. you first need to get them into express, then export to outlook.

    if you only need to keep the mail for archive purposes and not necessarily to use them, you can extract the mail using dbxtract and store the messages on the hard drive. they are readable in notepad andi usually create a batch file to change the extension to txt, then burn them to a cd. they are searchable by the OS search tool.

    the *.eml files can e dropped into express folders them imported into outlook, or just dropped into outlook - but they won't be converted to msg if you drop them directly into outlook.

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    thanks for the links and help....that should have done it, but it didn't. i think something might be weird with the files, they are really old. don't even know what version of OE they're from.

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    do they have the dbx extension or mbx? if mbx, there is a utility to get the mail out of those as well - the loose mail can then be dropped back into express.

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    Re: importing *.dbx files (5)

    they are all *.dbx
    i tried the trick where you make a folder in OE, then replace that file with the one you want it to open - nothing special happened and it just said the folder was empty.

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