uncompact folders and messages in outlook express

I compacted messages in outlook express last night.  I had folders on my machine that are not there but are .dbx files.  How do I take the .dbx files and restore my outlook express to the way it was before the compact messages took place?
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Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
I'm thinking unless you have a backup, you're out of luck.  You could try DBXtract.  http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,23383,00.asp

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parkermillerAuthor Commented:
How does this dbxtract work?
Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
It can recover individual emails (one at a time) from a corrupted dbx file.  

However, my fear is, since a dbx is like most databases, if you delete a message you can potentially recover it because only the pointer to it in the index is deleted, but once you compact the dbx, it's gone.

But I may be behind the times.  If someone else has other ideas, I'd be pleased to hear them.
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Greetings, parkermiller !

If the dbx files are not flatten (damaged beyond recovery), you can use DBXtract as asyscokid stated or use Macallan, which is free.

Best wishes!
parkermillier, any update?
parkermillerAuthor Commented:
I don't think I am using the macallan correctly or something it is still a work in progress.
parkermillerAuthor Commented:
What I ment to say how does one work the program and get the dbx file back into outlook express 6 folder where they came from.

You use Macallan to extract individual *.eml files for each message it finds in the damaged *.dbx file. You can then drag those *.eml files and drop them into an OE mail folder in the OE Folder list.
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