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    Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    I had a hdrive transfer go bad. I had to reinstall all my apps on the new hdrive. I can't log on to the old hdrive. Its in 'safe mode'. I need to recover and transfer my old address book to the new one. I can access my files on the old hdrive through Search, but don't know what to look for, or if I can use this to recover them. Help!

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    The data file is in "Cocuments and SettingsUserNameApplication DataMicrosoftAddress Book. It has a .wab (Windows Address Book) extension.
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Hi, rebel! Thanks!
    How do I effect the transfer, once I find the file?
    not very techie here, but I do try. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Are these drives on 2 different computers? If so, can you copy the file to a floppy and then copy this file to the new computer? If both drives are on the same computer, you should be able to "copy" and "paste". I'm not really sure what you mean by "I can't log on to the old hdrive. Its in 'safe mode'."
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Uh, oh. Long message - "Cocuments and Settings/UserNameApplicationDataMicrosoft refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the internet or your network, and try again. If it still cannot be located, then the information might have been moved to a different location."
    I used a Search. Should I have tried to find it some other way?

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    You have to substitute Your Windows XP user name (eg. Megan) for "UserName".
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    rebel, the old hdrive had a warning message that it was going to fail. My son put in a new one, and had trouble transferring everything from the old to the new. The old one crashed. He got it back, but only as far as the log on screen, when I log on, it starts to process, then goes back to the log on screen. He says its in 'safe mode', I don't know what that is, except the screen looks funny ('low res'?) I have been able to 'copy and paste' my photos, and recovered my music through WMP and the other player I have. But, I really need to recover my address book files in Windows and Incredimail, and my Favorites from Internet Explorer. I just don't know how to do it, using whats functional.

    Uh, Oh - no, the 2 drives are on the same unit.

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Can't help you with Incredimail. Perhaps another lounger is familiar with this. As for your Favorites, they can be found in "Cocuments and SettingsUserNameFavorites (again, substitute your logon name for UserName).
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Duh.
    I've tried, and even just used 'Search' for Address book.wab on the C: drive, but it doesn't bring up anything useful.

    Used 'Search' for the Favorites, and that worked just fine! Thanks.

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    It's not named Address book.wab - it is called John.wab or Ralph.wab or Megan.wab. Set your Advanced Search options to search for system folders, hidden files and filders, and subfolders. Then search for *.wab (asterisk.wab). The asterisk is a wildcard which tells search to find all files with a .wab extension.
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Found it!!!
    Went into Start> My Computer> C: drive> Microsoft> Address Book> There it was!!
    Have to 'copy and paste' each folder, tho' *sigh
    But, I am getting them!! <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Again, not quite sure what you mean by "Have to 'copy and paste' each folder, tho' ". The Address book is only one file (or are you referring to the "Favorites")? If so, you can just copy and paste the whole Favorites folder.
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Try a search for username.wab where username is your user name. That should tell you where the file is located. Then open WINDOWS Explorer (Start / All Programs / Accessories / Windows Explorer) and navigate to that folder. Your address book file should be on the right side of the split window. Right click on the .wab file and drag it to the location you want to move it to (like a floppy or zip drive), release the button and select Copy. To restore it to your new drive , boot to the new drive open Windows explorer and navigate back to the same folder (you could do a search on the new drive for your address book in the same manner as before to locate the folder on your new drive). When you find your address book on the new drive, if it has never been used, simply drag the old address book file from it's location on a removable media drive to the correct folder and again choose Copy. You will be prompted that the file already exists and asked if you want to overwrite it. Choose yes. That should do it. You will now have moved your address book and have a backup copy on removable media for future disasters. HTH. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    You still haven't said how these 2 hard drives are setup. 2 different computers doesn't seem likely and a master / slave configuration won't work if the slave can only be seen in safe mode. Did your son set up a dual boot configuration ??? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Actually, it was in Cocuments and SettingsOwnerApplication DataMicrosoftAddress BookOwner.wab
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    Its done, wasn't neat or pretty, but done. Thanks for your help.
    btw, it was meant to be a simple transfer of one hdrive to another, on 1 pc. I was getting a black screen where it said I had to replace to hdrive, as it was in danger of imminent failure. Its Western Digital, if you want to know. But, and I don't know anything abt this stuff, my son have a very hard time trying to get this done. The old drive crashed, and this was the only way he knew to salvage my data. I'm mostly done reinstalling all my apps, and transferring my files, but the address books and My Favorites were giving me fits.
    Thanks again!

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    Re: Windows Address Book (XP Home/update current)

    Glad you finally got it done. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I know you've probably heard it before, but it's essential to backup anything you value or can't replace easily or at all. Personal pictures, documents you've created, address book, Favorites, etc. all should be backed up to removable media for safekeeping and to restore in event of a failure or problem. I'd guess, at this point, that you don't want to relive this experience any time in the near future, if ever !!! <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
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