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straka01
02-03-2005, 08:33 AM
My wife has accidentally deleted one of the largest email folders on our Outlook Express 6. I thought she may have dropped it into another folder but I can't find it. It has probably about 50mB of emails in it so it should stand out when I look in Local Folders - but it's not there.
Has anyone got some ideas about how to recover it?

johnboy
02-03-2005, 08:39 AM
First click start then search and enter "*.dbx" without the quotes.
that should find it for you.
hth

straka01
02-03-2005, 08:45 AM
Nope - finds all the dbx email contents but not the main one she deleted ?????

straka01
02-03-2005, 08:46 AM
There were a lot of sub-folders in this main folder that's been deleted - the search didn't find those either?????

straka01
02-03-2005, 09:37 AM
I had thought that maybe she'd renamed it - perhaps by double clicking it with the folder name highlighted - but no - it's gone completely.

I have a notion that these folders can be restored using DOS - anyone got any ideas on that?

johnboy
02-03-2005, 09:48 AM
Try one of these.
restoration
here (http://www.webattack.com/get/restoration.html)
pcinspector
here (http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/faq.htm)
hth

Rob99
02-03-2005, 01:04 PM
GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/)

TonyF
02-03-2005, 02:54 PM
In OE, I have just made a folder called Test and shifted a few messages into it. I then deleted the folder, and that put it into the Deleted Items folder as an entry.Exited OE and went in again. Still there. Try doubleclick on your DE folder and see if it shows.
Hopeful in Johnsonville ...

FoxyMX
02-03-2005, 03:11 PM
If the emails are not in the Deleted Items folder get DBXtract from here (http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,23383,00.asp), point it to the deleted items.dbx folder and extract the contents. Hopefully the emails you require will still be there, provided the folder has not been compacted since the emails were deleted.

straka01
02-03-2005, 05:25 PM
I have used restoration.exe to locate the deleted files & folders. I have imported these into the OE folder, then I opened up OE, re-created the folder and it's sub-folder names. Going back with explorer into the OE folder - the new folders I'd created were named with xxxxx (1).dbx in each case. So far so good. Now, I deleted the new files and renamed the restored ones by adding the _(1) in each case. When I re-open OE and check the new folders some have arrived intact with all their messages but some have not? What am I doing wrong? Have the folder got corrupted? I have used the DBXtract.exe to check their contents but all seem fine - OE just doesn't want to see 'some' of the renamed folders - any ideas welcome.
By the way, I've set up OE to empty the deleted items on exit so they weren't in there to retrive when I got to the PC, (it was the first place I looked). Actually I was hoping the folder had been dropped into another folder - but it was gone. With about 8 sub-folders there would be about 15,000 email messages in it!

FoxyMX
02-03-2005, 05:36 PM
By the way, I've set up OE to empty the deleted items on exit so they weren't in there to retrive when I got to the PC, (it was the first place I looked). Actually I was hoping the folder had been dropped into another folder - but it was gone. With about 8 sub-folders there would be about 15,000 email messages in it!
The "deleted" emails that get emptied from the Deleted Items folder do not get permanentely deleted until the folder is compacted. That is why I suggested you use DBXtract to extract the emails from that folder. They should all have been there, providing DBXtract can handle 15,000 emails, that is.

straka01
02-03-2005, 06:56 PM
I wish it worked - but no - it's not there...
Thanks for trying.

FoxyMX
02-03-2005, 07:42 PM
That's a shame. Don't give up yet though, try the links in Google here (http://www.google.com/search?q=recover+deleted+outlook+express+folder&sourceid=opera&num=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8) to see if any of those tools can do the job.

I would recommend copying all the *.dbx folders to another folder as a backup first, before any experimentation.

Tony S.
02-03-2005, 07:47 PM
If u have windows Xp, then do a system restore to a date previous to your dilema, that will bring it all back. Worked for me. Cheers

FoxyMX
02-03-2005, 07:55 PM
It did? :eek:

System Restore is not supposed to affect personal files, including emails, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it. I would still make a backup of those *.dbx files first though.