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    rayb
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    OE5 data files

    I wonder if someone there can explain the structure OE5 uses to store its information? I have a directory under C:Program FilesOutlook ExpressInternet Mail and News which contains various files with dbx extensions ....
    Deleted Items.dbx, Sent Items.dbx, Inbox.dbx, etc.
    A sub-directory of the above parent directory is "Mail", and in this are various files with .idx and .mbx extensions ....
    Deleted Items.idx, Deleted Items.mbx (very big!), Sent Items.idx, Sent Items.mbx, etc.

    It looks like the .dbx, .idx, .mbx trios are necessary for the database, but why are the files separated in two directories? And from the point of view of backing up, I imagine one should ensure the trios are always backed up and restored together as trios and never separately.
    Is this correct?

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    Re: OE5 data files

    OE, depending on the version, stores the actual messages in either dbx or mbx files. the other extensions are indexes. each folder has a mbx or dbx, named after the folder. so deleted items.dbx is your deleted folder, inbox.dbx is the inbox folder, etc.

    when backing up, yes it's good to back all up but dbx files are the most important since that is the actual mail.

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    Re: OE5 data files

    Thanks, Mary, for the cogent explanation. All understood now. <img src=/S/kiss.gif border=0 alt=kiss width=15 height=15>

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    Re: OE5 data files

    Just to expound further on the different file types,
    .idx and .mbx files were used by Outlook Express versions 4.
    .dbx file types are used by Outlook Express versions 5 and higher.

    You can Import the .idx, and .mbx files into your current identity by using the File>Import>Messages, Import from Outlook Express 4, option. Once done, if you no longer need those .idx and .mbx files they can be deleted.

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    Re: OE5 data files

    Can I just copy these files to my new machine and have access to my data? How can I transfer my message rules to the new machine?

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    Re: OE5 data files

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