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    emails, addresses, from one hard drive to another (OE6)

    I installed a new C drive, making my old C drive a D drive (No reformatting or other changes to new D drive; all files appear to be intact.). I did not export Outlook Express emails or address books before making the change, naively assuming I could copy these items after installing the new C drive. I am now unable to view the contents of the Identities files on the D drive. I have tried using RUN , with the appropriate path name, including GUID, to view these files, but when I attempt to add microsoftoutlook express, I get an error message telling me the page is not available. I have read what appear to be relevant threads in Woody's Lounge, but haven't seen one that discusses my issue.

    I suppose I could re-connect the D drive as the boot drive to rectify my error. Can someone suggest a faster, lazier, method?

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    Re: emails, addresses, from one hard drive to anot

    Do you have "Show hidden files and folders" checked under Start|Settings|Control Panel|Folder Options|View?

    Alternatively, this may help:

    Windows generally looks for Outlook Express as ....Program FilesOutlook Expressmsimn.exe. The location of Program Files is based on the value of the following Registry Key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionProgramFilesDir

    I suspect yours may still be reading C:Program Files and not D:Program Files.

    HTH
    Gre

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    Re: emails, addresses, from one hard drive to another (OE6)

    Alternatively you could import the old files into the new Outlook Express - with it open, click File, Import, messages, then answer the questions as apply to you and your old file directories (sorry, don't have it here so can't check the exact details).

    Warning: OE stores emails in files that contain an entire directory per file - if importing emails in a standard folder, or one that has the same name as an existing folder, it will overwrite the existing folder (not add to it)! Empty standard folders into new ones and rename any duplicates before starting.

    HTH
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    Re: emails, addresses, from one hard drive to another (OE6)

    Hi, Grizz ~

    Really looks like there is no faster, easier, grizzlier way to do this.

    I would reconnect your old C: drive & navigate to:

    <small>Cocuments and Settings<Grizzlywolf's name>Local SettingsApplication DataIdentities{<- -long number - ->}MicrosoftOutlook Express</small>

    and copy all the .dbx files to a CD or other external medium, then place into the same location of the new drive once it is all put back together and OE is installed and set-up.

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    Re: emails, addresses, from one hard drive to another (OE6)

    Just to clarify Bruce's suggestion <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, you probably won't be able to just place the files in the right directory, OE doesn't always see them automatically that way! (it might, and if so you're lucky, but it never has when I've tried it!)

    Copying them off your old C: onto a CD or something, ready to be retrieved when everything is set up in the new format, but you'll need to copy them off the CD first because files on a CD are read-only and OE doesn't like that. Put them on your hard disk somewhere temporarily and make sure they are NOT read only (select them all, right click on one, choose properties, uncheck the 'Read only' box). Then open OE and use File, Import to bring them in, noting the warning on my earlier post.

    Good luck!
    Beryl M


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