Recover email from Emptied Deleted Items folder

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I have this question previously at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/MS_Office/Outlook/Q_20397563.html

Does anybody have anything else to add?

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,

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The answers supplied in the other question are correct for Outlook Express 5.0 (that you need to use the dbxtract utility).  If you dump the folder and OE gets a chance to run a folder maintenance/compression on it, the data is just plain gone.
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It is an odd thing--when I run the dbextract utility, it starts to extract and then locks up part way through the process. A few messages are retrieved, but the process never completes. When I tried the same thing on a different outlook express .dbx (a purged deleted items folder) everything works fine. So, I copied the deleted items.dbx from the other machine to mine, and the same thing happens. This tells me that it is file specific rather than machine specific.

Perhaps the deleted items.dbx is corrupted?

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Do you have backups you can go back to?  Is it possible that your ISP would have backups you could get it from?
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Slink9,

Thank you for that suggestion--I am already in the process of doing that, but if I weren't it would be a very good thing to know about.

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You might try and use a hard drive recovery program like "get data back" and search for old pst files.

Probably would be best to look for a free one, its a bit of a long shot but worked for me after formating a HDD once.

Best of luck,

Mceroche
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mceroche,

Thank you for your post. I don't think that will work, however. The file is still there, it is just an issue of it being purged. This purging, though, does not create files that can be recovered via the manner that you suggest as far as I know. Is there some other files that I don't know about?

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I am sorry to let this go on for so long. I was hoping that someone might have something else to add, but so be it.

Thank you to all who participated,

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