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Why Outlook Express can't see my dbx files

After my search for answers on this, this is apparently an 'age old' question, but here goes...
I copy/pasted OE6 dbx files from old machine to external usb drive then to brand new machine in identical location and now can't see files when I open Outlook Express.  I have done this many times in the past with no problem (though it's been awhile).  I do show hidden files in Windows Explorer, I've checked the store location in OE...all checks out.

What am I doing wrong?  What am I missing?
Thanks for your prompt reply.

Signed,
Desparately Seeking Solution
(aka Jan)



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zemarc
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war1Commented:
Hello zemarc,

Verify that you have copy all the files from old OE folder.  You need folders.dbx and other files other than inbox.dbx

Verify that OE was closed when you copied file to new location.  If OE is open, it will overwrite the old file when closed.

Hope this helps!
war1
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
Hi war1,
Yes, all was the case... all files were copied that are in old OE folder and OE was closed on both machnes.
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
Also, can I import OE dbx files directly in Outlook bypassing OE altogether?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try this (very close to what you did):

Delete the Outlook Express email account (make sure you know the settings). Close Outlook Express and delete all the mail data (you have backups or back it up). Now restart just for good measure.

Open Outlook Express and create your email account. That will create inbox, sent and like data files. Find out precisely where they are (check the date on the data files to be sure). Now copy your backup files of exactly the same name to the folder identified.

This has worked for me, but then, it has been some time (years) since I used OE.
.... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes you can import OE files directly into Outlook. I have done that. ... Thinkpads_User
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
hey war1,
I tried again (3rd time clearing the OE folder and starting with a clean slate (a grueling 20 minute paste...whew)) and now the data shows in OE.  I changed the attribute from Read Only on the source folder, then copy/pasted.  Don't know if that absolutely did it, but I see the files in OE.

The only thing now is that all files are not showing in OE (lots of data).  They do reside on the usb drive and in the OE folder location on the new machine.  It's like OE stopped at a certain letter and won't look further.

Any ideas?
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
Ok, nevermind...duh...I must be on drugs or something....all files ARE there.  

I assumed that the alphabetical list of files in explorer OE location would appear in same order in OE, but apparently not the case.  All is well.  

Huge thanks to all.
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war1Commented:
zemarc,

Glad we got it sorted.   You asked, "Also, can I import OE dbx files directly in Outlook bypassing OE altogether"?

No, you cannot.  You need OE or in Vista, Windows Mail, to import dbx files. Then Outlook can import from OE or Vista.

thinkpads_user, how did you do it without a third party tool?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
War1 - the import I did was back with Outlook XP (or possibly even Outlook 2000). It was a long time ago, and I cannot remember exactly. I may have started with Outlook Express first, but I cannot say for sure. If that is a necessity today, then I assume you to be correct.
... Thinkpads_User
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
war1,
I'm glad you asked the question, because thinkpads left me scratching my head.  I intended to complete the current task at hand (OE to Outlook import) and then certainly follow up when done.
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
what is the best way to close this case number?
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war1Commented:
zemarc,

If your question is answered, accept one or more of the comments above.
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