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Recovering e-mail from crashed Outlook Express?

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Hi,

Is there a way to recover e-mail (i.e., that was opened and being edited) after Outlook Express crashes? Does anything record key-strokes to RAM? Is there any sort of Outlook temp file that is created in realtime?

Outlook Express 6
Win98

Thanks,
Tim
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by:war1
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I don't believe there is a way to save the data if you had not previously saved them to the Draft folder. Does OE tends to crash on you when you write a note?  Save portions of your email as you write to Draft folder until you are finished.

If OE tends to crash, do a repair on Internet Explorer. IE and OE share many files.
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by:timsamoff
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Yeah, it's been crashing lately... Kind of weird -- on Insert Signature or just plain hitting the Enter key.

I was asking the board here, because I know that Enterage (Mac) saves every keystroke as you type, therefore saving anything in the event of a system or app crash.

Oh, well...

Thanks for posting. I will try a repair on IE.

Tim

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by:timsamoff
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Wow, these are all really cool apps, but none of them do what I need -- recover an e-mail that was never really written to the drive. I know this sounds absurd, but I guess that's one of the advantages of Enterage on the Mac (i.e., recording keystrokes on a new message).

Thanks,
Tim

P.S. Everyone should check out the listed applications, they are great!

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by:slink9
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I just had someone ask me if they could recover a Word doc if it was never written to the drive.  If it was never written to the drive it just existed as 0s and 1s in the memory of the computer.  Once the program is exited those bits and bytes are gone.
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by:timsamoff
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Right, I understand this... Some programs (i.e., Enterage for Mac as I have been mentioning), records key-stroke so that said app, or the computer, ever crashes, the e-mail, or document, is saved. (Actually, Word (Mac) does do this as a temp file that is placed in the trash can on a crash... These files are often garbled, but a lot of valid info can be retrieved from them.

Tim

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The 2002 Office apps do a good job of this, but not OE.
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What a shame...

Tim
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