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Outlook express. Lost emails . May be in recycle bin. How do i recover

Outlook express.  Lost emails .  May be in recycle bin.  How do i recover
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Bruceberg11
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war1Commented:
Hello Bruceberg11,

Do a search for emails in other folders.

If no joy, search your computer for deleted items.dbx file.  The file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ folder

If is a hidden folder, so you have to unhide hidden folders. In Windows XP, open Windows Explorer or any folder.  Click on Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders".  If you want to see system files as well, uncheck Hide protected operating system files.   Click OK.

Hope this helps!
war1
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Bruceberg11Author Commented:
Did this.  I found a bunch of .bak files in my Recycle bin.  I click to restore them and they disappear from the Recycle bin, but I have no idea where they went.  They did not go back into Outlook Express
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war1Commented:
Bak files are usually the result of compacting.  Did you compact your folders?  

If you did, that would be the reason for corrupted folders, even missing folder. Go to this folder
C:\Documents and Settings\<account name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<hexadecimal number>\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ folder

And with OE closed, rename the Sent Items.bak file to Sent Items.dbx file.
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Bruceberg11Author Commented:
Ok, I went to my Recycle Bin and restored a couple of files.  I then went to C:\Documents and Settings\<account name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<hexadecimal number>\Microsoft\Outlook Express and renamed the .bak files to a .dbx extension.  I re-opened OE but an unable to find the emails that are in the .bak file and I can see in notepad in the .dbx file, but I cannot see them in the emails.
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war1Commented:
Extract the emails with one of these utilities
Macallan
http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/resources/tools.htm#macallan
OR
DBXtract
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23383-order,1-page,1/description.html
OR
Outlook Express Repair Tool - free 30 trial version
http://www.nsware.com/Repair-Tool-for-Outlook-Express.htm

The email will extract as .eml files. Drag and drop them to OE Preview Pane.
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Bruceberg11Author Commented:
NUTS!
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