Reformatting HDD - but Save e-mail Addresses

jwilk8284 used Ask the Experts™
I am going to completely re-format a hard disk drive and would like to save all of the e-mail addresses without having to re-keypunch them in.  The internet service is MSN, and the PC's operating system is Windows XP.  Are the e-mail addresses stored on the local hard drive, or on a Microsoft server?  If they are on the local hard drive, what is the name of the file containing e-mail addresses?   In general, what files should I save before they get wiped out by the re-format operation?  After re-formatting, would it just be a matter of copying the file(s) back into the same sub-directory they were in before the re-format?  I have already saved all of the key data files (letters, spreadsheets, etc.) but don't know what to do for the e-mails.      
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Top Expert 2006
you could try this

title : backup email addresses
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The file you need to back up is your Personal Folders file (*.pst) It's where all the mail, calendar, contacts etc are stored.

Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup:

hope this helps a bit

A SyscokidRetired bureaucrat/desktop support

Do you use Outlook or Outlook Express, or is your email web-based?
Don't forget your IE (if you use Internet Explorer) Favorites:

  C:\Documents and Settings\username\Favorites


Are you using MSN Explorer?  If so it's web based so nothing to back up.  If you are using Outlook Express look for *.wab (windows address book) and back up that file.

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