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Posted on 2004-04-26
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I need help finding my email files and web address book so I can back them up. I've used the Windows search feature looking for *.dbx*, *.eml*, *.email*, *.mail*, *.wab* and userMPS but no results were displayed. They have got to be on my PC somewhere. Can you help me find these files?  

Using Windows XP Home(SP1), Outlook Express 6 and Internet Explorer 6.

Thanks in advance.
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by:sunray_2003
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Have you searched for *.pab (personal address book) file ?

make sure you have searched all the above files even in the hidden folder
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Thanks for responding sunray 2003,

I've looked for *.pab and checked "show hidden files and folders" then did search but no luck.
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Did this situation suddenly occur ?

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All the best
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I can't say this problem just started because I've had this PC with Windows XP Home for only 2 mo. My last PC had W95 and I could find the .dbx and .wab files by using the search feature or looking in the Outlook Express folder. Seems to me the files should not be so hard to locate. I've tried using a file recovery program called Search & Recover (should have mentioned it sonner) but it did no good. Perhaps I can contact Dell and find out what I need. In the mean time if you have any other ideas I'd be glad to see them.

Thanks, norbones
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I looked at the link you left. I'll try Dell first and if they can't help I'll start trying diferrent recovery utilities
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I found Personal Address Book by following path...
C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Application Data\Microsoft\AddressBook\you.wab
Found email folder in OE> Tools>Options>Maintenance and then click on the 'Store Folder...' button.

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I have the same problem of not finding dbx files with the search function on one computer (Compaq Presario , Windows XP). This is if they are onthe usual position of in the Oulook Express Folder(after Microsoft folder). If attach same folder directly t o C drive then the .dbx files are revealed. Another computer from  another manufacturer (Gericom, Windows XP) reveals all files even in usual Outlook Express folder position. Could this be a built in security measure by Compaq.  

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