After Outlook Express 6 asked me to compact my mail folders, I found that more than 6 months of mails has disappeared. (They are not in the deleted folder.) Where would it have gone, and how can I fix this problem?

  • I don't know what other ways of doing it there are, but I heard you can achieve this using the program DBXtract. – amiregelz Jul 10 '12 at 12:40

Got this problem solved. Had a look in the Recycle Bin, and found the Inbox.bak file that Outlook Express apparently makes sometimes before it does a compact. Moved it to Outlook Express' store folder, renamed it do Inbox.dbx, overriding original. After starting Outlook Express again all was well.

See here for instructions on how to find your store folder.

  • You got very lucky! It’s very fortunate that you happened to check your Recycle Bin in time before it was emptied and happened to have a copy there. I have never seen OE put anything in the Recycle Bin. During compaction, it creates a .dbt file in the message store, not a .bak file, so you may want to check if you have any plugins installed. – Synetech Dec 2 '12 at 17:07

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