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I am having a problem in my Windows XP hard disk, so I cannot enter windows on this drive, so I am backing up my data by mounting the hda1 that has the problem on another drive that has Red Hat Linux 8.0, and I am copying the data on another pc to back it up (I don't have a CD-RW). I need to copy my Outlook Express E-mails in order to restore them later when I download Windows again........I can't find the e-mails.......any help on where to find them?
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by:sunray_2003
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Hi mte01,

Are you navigating inside windows through command prompt ?

have you searched for DBX files . you got to get access to all *.DBX files and that would be your entire OE data..


SR..
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if you have not changed the location of the dbx files inside OE .

C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{F8BC1841-D213-44C8-AF8E-5D46DE841C20}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

that would be location where you can find DBX files... check all the folders inside identity folder..
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by:mte01
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I am navigating inside windows through Nautilus (a folder viewer in linux)
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OK.........I'll check that & inform you of the results......
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by:sunray_2003
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mte01,

i guess it should be easier then to navigate to that DBX location.
Also can do any search inside the entire hard disk.. if yes, just search for DBX files
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by:mte01
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The Identities folder has only one folder (the serial number folder)......and it's empty.....what does that mean?
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I'll do a genral search for DBX files.....then
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by any chance did you change the store folder inside outlook express..

can you confirm if you are looking for outlook express emails or Microsoft outlook ?
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by:mte01
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I have e-mails inside Inbox (and there is another folder inside inbox that also has e-mails), and sent items

I am looking for Outlook Express E-mails
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by:sunray_2003
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ok then you should be looking for DBX files only..

just wanted to make sure as the subject of this thread says outlook.. anyway , you should be looking for
inbox.dbx , sent items.dbx and  that folder inside inbox (i guess sub folder) and if that sub folder is called
A , you should be looking for A.dbx
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I made search for *.dbx files inside /mnt/c/Documents and Settings/Mohamad/Application Data (the mounted drive is /mnt/c), and I found nothing
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by:sunray_2003
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mte01,
> /mnt/c/Documents and Settings/Mohamad/Application Data

you should look into

Documents and Settings/Mohamad/local settings/Application Data
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by:mte01
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Found them!!........thanks!!

This Application data folder seems to be very important (It has all my local seettings).........what do you think of copying & pasting it instead of the new one when I re-install Windows?
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by:sunray_2003
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i would advise you to copy this and make it as a backup folder.. i mean copy this and name it as applicationdata_old .

reinstall windows and it would create a new application data .. then whatever you need check the old..

mostly once you install all programs , it would create those necessary folders into application data but make sure to backup ..
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mte01,

Glad you got the ones you wanted.. cool
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