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Hi there
I want to recover an email backup from a CD that is about 7 or 8 years old, from a very old backup of my old pc. I use Gmail now so dont have any mail clients setup on my computer but I want at least to be able to read through my old email messages.

The CD contains a mail folder with files such as Inbox.mbx, Inbox.idx, Sent Items.mbx, Sent Items.idx. I believe they are Outlook Express 4 files. So far I have tried installing thunderbird and importing from Outlook Express however thunderbird  does not give me the option to browse to my old emails. I have also tried changing the Store Folder in Outlook Express 6 to my old folder and importing using Express 6 also. By the way I am using Windows XP.

What should I do?
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by:war1
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Greetings, craigdev !

1.  Search CD for "*.dbx" and note the folder these files are in. Or copy to Hard drive and make sure the files are not write protected.
2.  Open OE and click File > Import > Messages > Outlook Express 4 > Import Mail from an OE 4 Store Directory > Browse and navigate to the folder on the CD or hard drive which holds your DBX files.


Best wishes!
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by:craigdev
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I keep on getting this messsage, have tried copying to several locations and ensuring the folder/files are not readonly.

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Import Messages
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No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open.

Please select another folder or try closing applications that may have files open.
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OK  
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To verify, you did select "Outlook Express 4" and not "Outlook Express 5 or 6".

The old files may be corrupt. Run ScanPST on a copy of these files.
http://www.emailaddressmanager.com/outlook/repair.html
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craigdev, any update/
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