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    :cry: ok, due to my documented woes, I have had trouble with my email.
    I've managed to recover my *.dbx files from my old hard-disk, but I cannot find a way to get them into OUTLOOK (not express version).

    It will only import mail if I have an outlook express account open, but I dont have that - just the files....

    any ideas / helpful suggestions?!

    please?!

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    why don't you just create an account? besides, doesn't it make it a little hard to check your email without an account setup :?:
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    actually i haven't understood the question completely but i am just making a guess.
    here is what i have made out of your post.

    you have .dbx files saved your Microsoft Outlook Express mail directory which was there on your old hard drive and now you want to import them directly to MS Outlook.
    if i am correct and if that is what you want to do then i am sorry to tell you this, but it is not possible. there is no option in MS Outlook to import .dbx files directly. you have to import your mails first into OE (i.e. from those .dbx files) and then you can import those mails into MS Outlook from OE.

    :cheers:

    [EDIT]
    i feel you will be needing this information
    OLEXP: Restoring Outlook Express Folders After Re-Installing Windows: MS KB 283205

    OL2000: (IMO) Upgrading from Outlook Express to Outlook: MS KB 254221

    you should first follow information in link 1 and then in link 2 to get what you want.
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    NOW for the REASON behind this.

    .dbx files are unique in that they are "string" files. They are actually saved in a string of data that is attached together.

    The only way to save emails is individually. That is the only way it pulls the information "apart" and saves it individually.
    I don't know the backround behind it, or the reason why M$ chose to make these files like this. But it sucks.

    Chez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chezman29
    I don't know the backround behind it, or the reason why M$ chose to make these files like this. But it sucks.

    Chez
    nice bit of info their Chezman29
    reason MS chose to have those type of files might have been that they had experience with them. remember foxpro? ;)
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    thanks guys! :thumb:

    I'll give this a try over the next few days (I'm working long hours at work at the mo - so only evening time left) and get back to you with my success or failures!

    Sunshine

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    zap powee Batman!

    you guys are fab! actually I don't even need half an hour! I did it already!

    many thanks 'skep - those were just the instructions I needed!

    mwah!

    (now, can you do anything about two kittens with diarrhoea?!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine
    (now, can you do anything about two kittens with diarrhoea?!)
    nah you will have to do everything in that
    http://www.fabcats.org/is36.html :laugh:
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    :rolleyes2

    yeah yeah, thanks mate! ;)

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    Default Re: Please Help! Outlook Express files

    The repair outlook and data email recovery has prompted you a path of the Outlook Express files' storage. And now save the damaged dbx files in the safe folder, they can be useful.

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