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    Backing Up Folders (XP)

    I use Windows XP and Office XP at our law office. I wanted to back up the email folders today (can't believe I have not done this before) and cannot find the folders to back up. The Help files say to look for folders with the .dbx extension - can there be none on my computer? I found the Outlook Express folder, they are not in there. I did a search under C:, under My Documents and under C.:Windows and find nothing! Windows XP does things differently, I have found, so I'm sure there is a simple answer but I need someone's help in figuring this out.

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    CD--

    I hope you got XP on your home machine by now.
    First see

    Post 287568

    and

    Post 280568

    Moving OE ID's From One User to Another Thread 01 August 03

    Moving OE from One Profile User to Another

    One of the first places to always go for OE help is Tomsterdam's site (Tom Koch in Amsterdam):

    OE Backup Free Backup Utility Tomsterdam
    Partial Backup OE Tomsterdam
    Clone Identity Advanced Tomsterdam
    Simple Backup

    I'd drill allover that site until you get what you want--use Search. I remember that JohnGray had some comments on a backup OE thread on some of the backup utilities for OE--I'm going to put up a few past OE backup Lounge threads:

    Backup and Restore OE6 26 May 03

    270670: OLEXP: How to Back Up and Recover Outlook Express Data

    Cloning of OE 24 Aug 03

    Import .dbx Files

    This should give you plenty of ways and some of the comments of threads on them.

    hth,

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    First let me thank you for the prompt - and very insiteful - response. At least now I know where the files are store. Again, it is amazing to me that in doing a search those .dbx files were not found. I'm not on a network so it doesn't make sense that in starting at the root directory, I would not have found them. I'm not a "newbie" at this stuff, so I know I was searching properly. It's just another of the funnies I've found in XP which for the most part I love. (Yes and No on the home version. I have the software; haven't installed it. I need an uninterrupted day to be able to wipe the disk clean and start fresh and between work, family and Summer Time, it's been difficult to find the time to do it).

    When I followed the very first set of instructions (i.e., Tools/Maintenance, etc.) found the folders and then the files, I dragged the folder to my back up CD and it seemed to stay there forever, showing it copying files but nothing else. I finally had to abort. Then when I went to use Outlook, I could not. Tried to shut down and got a message that Windows was working with a file (although nothing was showing). I finally shut down anyway and once I rebooted, that problem was solved. I am in the process of downloading the OEBackup (by Majik) program and will try that as it seems a simple answer to the problem. I do have a hard copy of every email (a must in this law office) but I want to add email to our back ups so I really need to do this quickly and simply.

    Thanks again

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    CD,

    Just a comment that I use the OE freebie backup prog that SMBP mentions. It works quick, easy and intuitively. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    It has long been obvious you aren't a newbie and you are not afraid to take on whatever it takes to solve a problem and I imagine the people in that law office feel fortunate to have your IT help as well as the legal assistance.

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    Searches are blind to files inside hidden folders. If you do not see hidden folders in Windows Explorer (they will have "dimmed" folder icons), search also will skip them. Try Tools>Folder

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    I could have missed something simple in the step to search, but I always reflexly uncover all hidden files when I search for a folder like this. I came up blank. In other words Jefferson, doing a search doesn't bring up this root folder. But here's what does from directions on searching at sites searching like these:

    How To Search Your Folders For .dbx Files

    OE Repair
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    What are dbx files? Where can I find these files?

    Answer: All of your Outlook Express 5/6 mail folders and messages, and all of your subscribed newsgroups and messages are stored in one directory, called the store root directory, which can be determined by selecting "Tools| Options| Maintenance| Store folder" in OE.
    Under store root directory, you can find several .dbx file. The 'Folders.dbx' file is the master index of the entire store, which stores the tree structure of the mail folders and additional information. The 'Offline.dbx' file stores IMAP and Hotmail actions, if you have an IMAP or Hotmail account. The 'Pop3uidl.dbx' file keeps track of messages left on a POP3 mail server.


    When I go to Store Folder on the Maintenance tab and click on the "Store Folder" button I see a very long file name in the box--(which gives you the option to change the location) which is:

    Cocuments and SettingsSMBPLocal SettingsApplication DataIdentities{292F1CF4-0E56-4C5F-92CA-2A6E132A0775}MicrosoftOutlook ExpressCocuments and SettingsSMBPLocal SettingsApplication DataIdentities{292F1CF4-0E56-4C5F-92CA-2A6E132A0775}MicrosoftOutlook Express

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    Not sure what you mean by a search bringing up the root folder. A search will find the DBX files.

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    Re: Backing Up Folders (XP)

    The root folder term was what the links referred to as the .dbx folder accessed from the OE Maintance tab and I guess they meant "root" because it's a subfolder of C:Windows. I know that a search should have no problem bringing up .dbx files, but I'm sure having one. I set the View Menu to allow showing all files, all hidden Windows files, all extenstions. I just haven't been able to find them that way. I tried manually for a good while and couldn't either. That file name I pasted was from the box on the Maintance tab.

    Of course I should be able to find them manually and with Search, but I haven't been able to yet. I'm going to give it a rest and then try again.

    SMBP

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