Importing mail folders into OE6

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Paul Reeve, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. Paul Reeve

    Paul Reeve Guest

    Hi all

    Having just hadd my HDD blow up, I have managed to recover all my *.dbx
    files from the old identities folder, but cannot get anything to import, it
    just says either there are no files there or they are in use by another
    program/OE. I have also copied them into the new identity folder created
    when I reinstalled windows, I was then able to "see" the old inbox folder,
    but nothing else.

    I am running XP pro and IE6

    Any ideas? TIA

    replace the dot with a dot if needed
    Paul Reeve, Apr 20, 2004
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  2. Paul Reeve

    Speck Tater Guest

    Copy all your DBX files and store them in a new directory (Ex: c:\oldmail).
    When you do the import, you have to point to this new directory. If you use
    the default directory (Ex: c:\documents and settings....) you will have a
    conflict error. As well, you have to make sure you have the file
    "Folders.DBX" in your directory when you're importing. Good luck.
    Speck Tater, Apr 20, 2004
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  3. Paul Reeve

    Toolman Tim Guest

    Just in case you need a "Step x Step" this is a little more detail for you:

    Do not copy the backup files into the current OE message store or the import
    will fail. If you saved your backup on a CD or a networked drive, you will
    need to copy the backup to your hard disk and verify that none of the *.dbx
    files are marked as "read only", or the import will fail.

    To restore your mail folders, open OE and click File| Import|
    Messages|Microsoft Outlook Express 6|Import mail from an OE6 store directory
    Click "okay" then browse to the folder containing your old messages. Select
    the folders you want to import, and it should bring them in to your current
    Toolman Tim, Apr 21, 2004
  4. Paul Reeve

    Paul Reeve Guest

    Thanks guys, I think it was that I hadn't copie dthe folders.dbx over

    Paul Reeve, Apr 21, 2004
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