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    DBXtract

    I was having some problems with OE6 and thanx to a fellow Lounger, I was turned on to DBXtract.

    The 'Inbox.dbx' was corrupted in such a fashion that OE could not open. I removed the 'Inbox.dbx' from the default stores location so OE would build a new one and allow OE to open. The important messages, however, I thought were unrecoverable. DBXtract allowed me to extract them as '.eml' files and then save them.

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    Re: DBXtract

    Hi Bruce,

    I'm not much into OE (use Outlook with an Exchange Server or simply the HD). The .dbx files are equivalent to the .pst ones for Outlook? Do they also contain the info that .pab files usually contain (AFAIK, the Personal Address Book)?
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    Re: DBXtract

    Hi, Diegol ~

    The '.dbx' files hold only message and message folder information. I think I will be switching to using OL fulltime since OE seems to get constantly corrupted when message stores get too big.

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    Re: DBXtract

    I think OE is lighter but Outlook has more features. I like Oultook best. I've read in Woody's newsletters that a .pst file can store up to 1.8 GB before having to take drastical measures (with an app called PST Truncator which... er, truncates the .pst, thus losing some data in the process; still Outlook will often crash for much less than that). Anyone has an idea how much a .dbx file can store?
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    Re: DBXtract

    I don't know about the size limits in OE, but if I ever saw a PST that was approaching 1GB in size, I'd be quick to prune it and archive off a goodly amount. I don't use AutoArchive in Outlook, but I do move older things every few months into a new PST file that I can open later if necessary. I would think that there would be performance issues if the file got too large at that.
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    Re: DBXtract

    Now I just read the other day that Corporations Like DBX files over PST because PST becomes corupted for more often. I will see if I can find those articles. Read this before you change Click Here

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    Re: DBXtract

    Cowboy, Many corporations I've run into have Exchange & most of those use Outlook as the e-mail client. They generally use the Exchange message store. They discourage .pst usage - some allow use for archiving or road warriors. I don't know of any the use OE with its .dbx files as the primary e-mail client. I wonder where the authors of these types of articles get their information.

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    Re: DBXtract

    Heck if I know. I have read several articles like the one above, but I couldn't tell ya which is better. I use OE, but I don't save alot of email's or stuff like that and I don't run a huge Corporation. I never even get close to 1GB files much less 2GB PST or DBX. But I'm sure some smaller Corporations could be using DBX. I'm a small Business man and if I wanted to be Incorporated it only cost $500.00 and I use OE , but I don't use or save alot of emails. Quickens takes care of my Payroll and Invoices and such. And Exel and Publisher takes care of the rest. As for the Address book, I use Anytime Deluxe which takes care of Addresses,Phone #'s and can even make phone calls using it. I know two Travel Agencys, A Fence Company and an Accountant that usees OE, because thats what they had me setup when I built there Computers and Networked there places of Business. Of course, they were not big Corporations. I'm sure Exchange is the best way to go for the bigger Corporations. And as for those Authors of the articles I read, your guess is as good as mine. I couln't find the stupid things on the Net again. It was just by chance when I ran into them the 1st time because I was looking up something on corupted PST files for someone. Anyway you probably know more about that stuff then me because I don't deal with any large Corporations building Computers. I do deal with a very large Corporation called the Federal Government in my Construction Business, but they don't let me even close to there Computers, If ya know what I mean. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: DBXtract

    Hi Mark,

    Yes, I've noticed how .pst files approaching even 500 MB will result in crashes, OL taking a while to start, and other oddities. Two useful tips:
    - There's an option to Compress Folders. Use it once every while to make your .pst smaller.
    - When you close Outlook, always wait for the HD to stop all activity BEFORE shutting down your PC. Otherwise, OL will not have organized the info properly and the next time you try to check mail you may find OL takes several minutes to launch.

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