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    importing message folders (6)

    I have recently re-installed windows 98 SE and IE6 with OE6: The remnants of the previous installation are in C:windows. The current stuff is in C:windows.000. Only the default email folders like Drafts.dbx are in the .000 version's sub-sub-sub-sub-directory, but the good old messages are all present in my own custom .dbx folders among the other remnants under windowsapplication data.

    Aha, said I. All I have to do is to copy my folders into the currently used subdirectory. Of course, I first renamed Drafts.dbx DraftsOld.dbx, and so on. Then I copied the lot over into the .000 destination. But now when I load Outlook Express it doesn't see any of these copied .dbx folders. Next, when I try to use the OE file/import command it concludes there are none there to be imported. So I remove all the copied .dbx files from the current directory and try again to import. Still it says there are no message files there to import.

    What should I do next?
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    OE is not good at recognising changes made to its folders outside of OE! I would suggest, <font color=red>within</font color=red> OE, creating folders in your inbox to temporarily hold the contents of your standard folders (eg DraftsTemp, etc), moving the entire contents of these folders into the new folders, then using File, Import to import the folders from the <font color=blue>original</font color=blue> location (don't copy them over first). This should give you the contents of your old folders in your current ones. Unfortunately I don't have OE at work so can't check if this will work first!

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    Thanks, Beryl.
    But I still get rejected by File/Import with the following message, as before: "No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open. Please select another folder or try closing applications that may have files open." Of course there were no open applications.
    So I copied the .dbx folders to a new root directory and tried again: same result.

    It occurs to me that I don't actually need the contents as messages, I just need to refer to them, perhaps quoting parts, or just using the information in them. So I don't absolutely need them back in OE. Do the .dbx files just consist of a mass of pointers, or do they actually contain the messages? What file format are they in?
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    That one's beyond me, I'm afraid! You could try opening one with notepad and seeing if the text is in there somewhere, but I've no idea whether it is or not.

    Maybe someone else knows of a way to get the details out?!

    The only other thing that occurs to me is that your OE is still linked to the old files somehow, even if it's just a Registry entry which is stuck saying the wrong thing, and would explain why it keeps saying an application is using them. I don't know how to go about checking things like that but if someone else does maybe they could suggest something?

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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    I'll try Notebook, and MSDos' Edit.

    Here's a hypothesis: perhaps my new OE6 is so new that it has what Woody calls the draconian security measure that rejects all attachments, and to make sure any old attachments don't slip past it refuses to import any messages received by older subversions of Outlook Express 6.
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    I just moved my OE5 files to a new computer with XP/OE6/I6 using the import (OE6 files) from the directory where the OE5 files where.

    It seems to me that if you using the import function to "import from an OE6 archive" your old "dbx's " from the windowsapplication data directory (not sure what the precies english terms are; i use a dutch version) should work.

    If not post back.
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    THanks for your comment: if your IE6 is an up-to-date one, as it should be on a new machine, then your experience proves my hypothesis is wrong.

    But yes, I tried File/Import from OE6 store and from OE4 store as well as from an OE identity. Ah well. At least I can read the vital messages by searching for the sender-name in the appropriate folder using Wordpad.
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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    moving old mail in can be a PITA - see http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideOE/index.htm for complete instructions, although you might be better off using DBXtract (links at tomsterdam) and bursting the dbx's then dragging and dropping them into the folders, since it sounds like you've already used the current installation for more mail.

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    Re: importing message folders (6)

    Thanks MaryJ - Tomsterdam certainly seems to know his stuff, and his instructions are easy to follow. The secret to moving OE message 'folders', i.e. .dbx files, appears to be to know that folders.dbx is an index to all the other folder-files and if it's not there then OE says there aren't any messages to be moved. In my case, I had deliberately renamed folders.dbx as foldersold.dbx to avoid a conflict with the one already in the active OE - dug my own grave, as it were.
    All help gratefully received!

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