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MS Outlook 2003; Recovery of deleted emails after emptying the Deleted Mail file

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Hello, Experts,
Correspondence moved to my Deleted file in Outlook was "Permanently Deleted" inadvertantly.  I wold like to recover and restore those messages.  Is there a way to do this?  Thanks in advance.  HB
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Hello HBecket,

If you are not using an Exchange, here are a couple ways to Recover Deleted Items
http://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/recover_deleted.htm
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http://www.sparnaaij.net/howto/restoredeleteditemsfromanoutlookpst.htm


Hope this helps!
war1
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"If you don't know what a hex editor is..."  I don't.  I'm not afraid to follow a detailed protocol (including the details of creating the rec. b-u files), though.  Can one of the august experts help me with this?  I thank each of you in advance, and I appreciate the reply from War1...I just can't proceed with it yet.  HB
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Run PST2GB utility.  Besides reducing the size of 2 GB file, it acts like a hex editor to scar the files as required.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B33B1DFF-6F50-411D-BBDF-82019DDA602E&displaylang=en

Then use ScanPST to recover the Deleted Items.
http://www.emailaddressmanager.com/outlook/repair.html
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Get into your mailbox through OWA, Outlook Web Access, which gives you the ability to recover your deleted items, how far back depends on how the Messaging admins set it up.
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Sorry, jp'...
Can't find them stored there, but thanks for the idea.  HB
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HBecket, did you follow the directions that I posted on 11.20.2007 at 02:38PM PST?
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Hi War1...
I downloaded the PST2GB, but to run that I need the origin and destination file names.  Can you advise me on this?  I'm ready, willing, etc., etc.  Thank you HB
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The original  PST file is outlook.pst or <user>.pst.  PST file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder.  It is a hidden file, so you have to unhide hidden files. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

For destination file name, you can choose any name you want that ends in .pst  Once you run scanpst on it, make sure to go to Outlook > File > Open to open the new Personal folder.
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