Recover Lost E-mails from Microsoft® Outlook Express
Discuss methods to recover lost e-mails from Microsoft Outlook Express.
Microsoft Outlook Express is an e-mail client program developed by Microsoft Corporation in order to send, receive, store and manage e-mail messages. In Microsoft Outlook Express, all the incoming e-mails arrive in Inbox folder and the e-mails that you send get stored in Sent Items folder. It also provides you with an additional folder under Inbox so that you can arrange all your e-mail messages. Sometimes, you observe that when you open your e-mail account, you find that e-mail messages are deleted. The main reason for disappearance of mails is the corruption of e-mail messages. This corruption happens mainly when the compacting process of e-mails gets interrupted, resulting in disappearance of e-mail messages when you open your mail account next time.
Following are methods for recovering lost e-mails from Microsoft Outlook Express:
- Interruption in compaction
- Recover lost e-mails
- Change extension
Interruption in compaction
When you close Microsoft Outlook Express window you can notice a pop-up window asking your permission to compact the e-mail messages in order to free the disc space. Once you click 'Ok', the compaction process starts and you need to allow the process to complete. Interrupting the compaction process results in Microsoft Outlook Express message files getting corrupted. This results in missing of e-mail messages when you open Microsoft Outlook Express next time.
Recover lost e-mails
You can recover the e-mails from automatically created backup files. To start the restoring procedure, you need to close Microsoft Outlook Express window. On the desktop, open the Recycle Bin. Next, you need to find out the files with '.bak' as extension. The '.bak' file is named as a folder in Microsoft Outlook Express. With the right mouse button, click on '.bak' file and then click on 'Restore' option.
In Windows Explorer, open Microsoft Outlook Express store folder, drag and drop the '.dbx' file corresponding to Microsoft Outlook Express folder that you want to recover to your desktop. In this store folder, right click on '.bak' file that is needed to be recovered and then select the 'Rename' option. Now, you need to change the extension from '.bak' to '.dbx'. Open Microsoft Outlook Express and you can find that your e-mails have been recovered.
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