Where in the world are my Outlook Express emails?

Posted on 2003-02-27
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I want to export my emails from Outlook Express but I can't find them!

Running Outlook Express 5 Macintosh Edition on MAC OS 9.1.

I want to upgrade to MAC OS 9.2 but I'm having disk problems and want to first initialize my hard drive, which means backing up everything, including my emails.  

But even if I weren't doing that... what if I were buying a new computer and wanted to move my emails over from my old computer.  

I can find my emails inside the Outlook Express program (of course), but when looking at the file system I am perplexed:

Where in the world are my Outlook Express emails?
Question by:gateguard
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ID: 8034969
Do a Find for "Outlook" and/or "OE". You'll find the data folder which you can back up in its entirety. As long as you put it back in the same place after the reinstall it should be fine.

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bythesea earned 400 total points
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Your question is a good one.

I believe the data folder weed is referring to is named "Microsoft User Data".

Then after you reinstall OE, you will that the program will have created a new "Microsoft User Data" folder. To get up and running without missing a beat, you need only replace that folder with your backup :)



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ID: 8047602
I have done this a lot.

Do a search for "identities"  (I usually just search on ident, since I am not a good speller :)).

You will see a folder named the same as your email account name.  If you have several email account names, they will all be there.

I recently ran into trouble with OE not being able to find the identities folder.  If you need help with that, let me know.

If you copy everything in the identities folder, or just the account  of which you are interested, you will be okay.  I usually stuff it.


Expert Comment

ID: 8428728
The Oe emails, contacts, rules, prefs and several other good files reside in the directory below, just make a copy and place it a safe place and then readd them to the same location once you have reset your system.
Macintosh HD\Documents\Microsoft User Data\Identities\Main Identity
Main identity is the default identity, if you have created more than one identity or renamed your default identity then the last section of that directory path (Main dneitity) will be a folder named whatever your idenity is currently named.
Hope this helps.

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