I am very frustrated!
I saw the question being asked:
'How do I pull those messages back up? Is there uncompress/uncompact somewhere in Outlook Express?
I saw the "See solution" link and duly paid my dues!
Then I clicked on the link: "See solution" and this is the so-called 'solution':
'Compacting messages doesn't actually delete any of them.
The messages are stored in a kind of database structure. As you delete messages, "holes" in that structure are created as messages disappear. Compressing / compacting messages fills those empty holes and makes the message database contiguous. This is a good thing to do periodically because otherwise disk space is wasted on those "place holders".'
It's analogous to defragmenting your hard drive or compacting a database.
I think you will agree that this is NOT a solution.
Kindly provide me with a clear, concisely written answer to the question so that I can retrieve these files. If you cannot do so, please arrange to have my credit card charged back.