Recover Deleted Items

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I know that it is possible to retrieve items from the delted itmes folder in Outlook. However, what happens if the deleted items folder is emptied. Is it possible to retrieve those emptied items? If so, how?

Here are the particulars:

Windows 98 Machine
Outlook Express 5

and I haven't configured the registry to keep deleted messages.

Thank you,

Fritz the Blank
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Commented:
You don't configure the registry to keep deleted messages.  You configure Exchange Server to retain them.  I believe that once they are emptied they are gone.  You may want to take a look at DBXtract - http://www.oehelp.com/DBXtract/Default.aspx
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Slink9,

Thank you for responding.

I knew about the exchange issue, but I understand from reading knowledge base that it might also be possible on client machines.

I'll take a look at that link that you sent.

Fritz the Blank
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If that one doesn't work, you might want to look at this:

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Email_Tools/Misc__Mail_Tools/Outlook_Express_Extraction_Download.html

I've never used it but it purports to do the job for OE5.
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asyscokid,

Thank you for the link. This tool will allow you to extract messages from the .dbx file, but will not recoved an emptied deleted items file.

slink9,

the link that you suggested provides a tool that does indeed recover messages from the deleted items folder once it has been emptied, but I am running into some trouble with it. On my files, it works great, on files that my client wants to recover, there is no joy--it starts the process and then hangs.

Any other ideas?

Thanks again,

Fritz the Blank

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That is all that I know of.
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Me too.  Sorry.
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Even though this didn't work for my client, your answer is correct, so here we go.

Thanks a bunch,

Fritz the Blank

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