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Outlook Express: How to recover email addresses from a sent message

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After moving Windows XP from one drive to another, my address book has "lost" about 500 email addresses.  The address book folders still exist, but a large number of entries (not all!) have dissapeared.   I have a copy of a message sent to all the missing entries (they are shown on the on Bcc: list when I click on message properties).  I can cut and paste the text manually into the address book, but that will take many hours. Is there a way to automatically add them back to the address book? The person who actually uses the lost list is in tears, so any help is greatly appreciated!
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by:sunray_2003
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Hi scottsoitzer,
> my address book has "lost" about 500 email addresses.

Are you saying you lost 500 of them but NOT ALL..
can you access the drive again by any chance and export the address list or get the PAB file ?

This might help
http://www.pcworlddownload.com/internet/email-utilities/Email-Address-Extractor.htm

SR..
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by:duraisk
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just check u have any system backed up the address book with some other file name.

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burrcm earned 500 total points
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If you open that message, highlight the addresses in the bcc field, copy, and paste into Excel, you will get name and Email address. A bit of playing with text to columns, Word tables etc, should be able to get it into a usable csv format.

Chris B
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by:scottsoitzer
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Only some of the addresses are gone and not all (which leaves me somewhat bewildered as I thought I was very carefull in copying files).  There is no access to the original hard drive or any backup files, only the currently existing *.WAB file.  Is it possible the addresses are still there but not visible? I'm sure I can extract the names and addys OK, either using the suggested  commercial program or the cut and paste into excel method, but how do I actually get the resulting text into an address book? Thanks.
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by:mark-wa
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I'd double check by doing a search on the hard drive for *.wa*

there may be another .wab file on the drive that contains the full list of address entries.  Or there may be a file with the extension *.wa~  which is how outlook express automates backing up the address book.

check file sizes if more than one found and ... well.. just open them if more than one is found and see if you get the right one.

Mark
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After I got everything cleaned up and nicely separated by commas, Outlook imported everything perfectly. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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