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Outlook Express 5 storage

Posted on 2000-02-15
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Where does Outlook Express 5.0 store its messages and attachments?  In previous versions it was easy to file the files where the messages were stored.  OE 5.0 hides them which makes back up and recover hard or impossible.
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The extension of the files are .dbx and the directory names now vary because of the introduction of identities.  Advise searching your hard drive.  (Note: You might want to configure Windows Explorer to show all files when doing this because the OS has a tendancy not to show files in hidden folders.)

You can also locate the exact location by opening OE5 and do the following.
 - Tools > Options > Maintenance
 - Click on Store Folder button.
 - Place cursor in text box and use left/right arrow keys to see entire path.

Hope this helps...
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by:blackr99
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The Store Folder button shows the path just as you said. I was looking under the Outlook Express folder but in this case the files are stored under Internet Explorer\Outlook Express\...

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       Richard
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