Outlook Express Recovery - On-line help

How to repair Outlook Express with use OE-Mail Recovery. The necessary steps for recover messages from Outlook Express:

First step - Enter the location of a source file.

The location of source .dbx file is entered in Path panel.

In an OE-Mail Recovery there are three ways of entering the location of a source file:

  • You can type the path to the source .dbx files manually in
  • You can select the path from the drop-down list
  • Choose location path like in Windows Explorer by pressing the Choose source Folder button or use Action | Choose source Folder main menu item.

By default Outlook Express Recovery shows the local path to the folder where .dbx files for current user are stored and this path is first in drop-down list. The other paths in the drop-down list of combo-box are the recently used paths where the .dbx files were presents.

If the path to .dbx files is unknown you can search for them through Windows Explorer.

After typing the path manually it is necessary to press a key Enter or button Go for reading the entered path and filling the list of source files.

If you select path from drop-down list source files will be refreshed automatically.

If you specify the location by pressing the Choose source Folder button and after finding the path press Ok button the specified path will be copied into edit box and the list of source files will be refreshed according to the path.

Second step - Select and Recovery a source .dbx file.

Outlook Express Recovery process

After entering the location path you will see list of .dbx files in the chosen folder. The list may be empty if the folder doesn't contain any .dbx files, in that case you should specify another path. To read (or recover) the source .dbx file press Enter or double click the left mouse button or press Read Source File button or use Action | Read Source File main menu item or press Enter button on the selected file.

Note: Please don't use the selected source file by other applications at this moment, for example neither view the same folder in Microsoft Outlook Express nor use this file by any other application. Outlook Express - Mail Recovery doesn't update or delete any information stored in source .dbx files during the Outlook Express Recovery process.

The process of reading (recovering) will take some time, depending on the size of the source file. The messages found in the source file will be available in the Recovered e-mail list. In the Recovered e-mail list you can view sender, the recipient, the subject of the e-mail, and the date when it was received. You can also see the attachment, if there were any. Below the Recovered e-mail list you can see the body part of letter (in registered versions only).

The symbol in the list marks unintentionally deleted messages. You can view and save such messages, but it is not advisable to do so, as same information in those e-mails can't be restored. For recovery deleted messages check the "Recovery Deleted e-mails" option in the "Options" form.

Note: The unintentionally deleted messages cannot be fully recovered from Outlook Express databases, approximately 0.8% of the information from deleted e-mails is lost during recovery. Recovering the deleted message is only an additional feature of OE-Mail Recovery, and developers don't carry responsibility for the recovering results of the deleted e-mails.

OE-Mail Recovery uses a unique technology for Outlook Express Recovery damaged .dbx files. OE-Mail Recovery is easy to use outlook express repair tool for recovery dbx file. Depending on the damage, sometimes OE-Mail Recovery can restore only a part of a messages.

The third step - Save the Outlook Express Recovered messages

The path for saving the recovered messages is specified in the Save panel.

The are three ways of entering the location for saving the messages in OE-Mail Recovery:

  • You can type the location path for saving the messages manually
  • You can select the path from drop-down list;
  • You can specify the location path the way it is done in Windows Explorer by pressing the Choose Save Folder button or use Action | Choose Save Folder main menu item.

By default Outlook Express Recovery shows the recent path where the stored messages were and this path is first is the first one in the drop-down list. The other paths in the drop-down list of the combo-box represent the recently used paths for saving messages.

When the path for saving messages is specified you can press Save e-mail(s) button to save (only in registered version) the messages to the new location (the Recovered e-mail list must not be empty). The popup menu prompts you:

  • Save checked e-mails
  • Save current e-mail
  • Save all e-mails

The message will be saved (only in registered version) in .eml format so that each message will have its own file named by the message subject with the inadmissible characters omitted (\ / : * ? " < > |). If the folder already contains the file with such name, same number in [] brackets will be added to such name, for example: "att[1].eml" - if this is the first name with the same name and "att [2].eml" - if it is already the second one.

Later you can open the saved messages by Microsoft Outlook Express (default program for .eml files) and copy/move them to any local Outlook Express folder.

Moving recovered messages to Outlook Express.

N.B.: The Outlook Express folder to which you will be moving the messages must function normally, i.e. if the folder is damaged you must do the following at first:

  1. Recover the messages from Outlook Express using OE-Mail Recovery.
  2. Save the recovered messages to the hard drive.
  3. Back up the damaged .dbx file.
  4. Delete the damaged .dbx file.
  5. Run Outlook Express and click the corresponding folder, required .dbx file will be created automatically.

The saved messages can be moved/copied to Outlook Express one bye one or several at the same time. To move/copy one message, double-click to open it and select the menu item either File | Move to Folder... or File | Copy to Folder... respectively. To move a few messages to Outlook Express at once you should:

Select the messages you want to move using Ctrl and mouse buttons or Shift and cursor buttons on the keyboard.

Use your mouse to drag the selected messages to the required Outlook Express folder.

When moving a few messages at once, it is recommended to have Outlook Express on left part of screen, and Windows Explorer on right part of it.

Introduction to Outlook Express Recovery Wizard.

The Recovery Wizard will help you to recovery a corrupted .dbx file. It lead You through all stage of the recovering process. You can launch the Recovery Wizard any time in OE-Mail Recovery. With the wizard's help you'll make Outlook Express Recovery for 5 steps. The special knowledge isn't necessary for repair Outlook Express.

Steps of the Recovery Wizard:

Welcome page

The Welcome page is the first page of the Outlook Express Recovery Wizard. On this page you can only select start or don't start the Outlook Express Recovery Wizard at the next start of OE-Mail Recovery. Welcome page is introduction to Outlook Express repair process. This page acquaints you with steps on Outlook Express recovery. If you set check the option "Don't show this dialog again on StratUp" the Outlook Express Recovery Wizard will not be started at next run of OE-Mail Recovery.

If you already familiarized with a principles of outlook express recovery at the next start it will be convenient for you to do outlook express repair by manually without the wizard.

Enter the location path of the source file(s)

On this page you need enter the location path of source .dbx files, where Outlook Express stored the e-mails. By default OE-Mail Recovery shows the local path to the folder where .dbx files for current user are stored and this path is first in drop-down list. The other paths in the drop-down list of combo-box are the recently used paths where the .dbx files were presents.

If the path to .dbx files is unknown you can search for them through Windows Explorer. After typing the path manually it is necessary to press a key Enter or button Go for reading the entered path and filling the list of source files.

If you select path from drop-down list source files will be refreshed automatically. If you specify the location by pressing the button and after finding the path press Ok button the specified path will be copied into edit box and the list of source files will be refreshed according to the path.

Selection the source file

On this page you need select the source Outlook Express .dbx file(s), for recovery. And press Next button.

Read/Recovery the source file

Repair Outlook Express you can begin to repair Outlook Express process by press Start Read/Recovery button. The process of repairing will take some time, depending on the size of the source file./p>

Note: Please don't use the selected source file by other applications at this moment, for example neither view the same folder in Microsoft Outlook Express nor use this file by any other application. OE-Mail Recovery doesn't update or delete any information stored in source .dbx files.

Enter the location path for save a recovered messages

On this page you can specify the path for save recovered messages. The are three ways of entering the location for saving the recovered messages:

  • You can type the location path for saving the messages manually
  • You can select the path from drop-down list
  • You can specify the location path the way it is done in Windows Explorer by pressing the button.

OE-Mail Recovery shows the recent path where the stored messages were and this path is first is the first one in the drop-down list. The other paths in the drop-down list of the combo-box represent the recently used paths for saving messages.

Save a recovered e-mail(s)

On this page you can save a Outlook Express recovered messages. The are three ways of entering the location for saving the messages:

  • Save checked e-mails
  • Save current e-mail
  • Save all e-mails

You can select the messages for save and/or press appropriative button. The message will be saved (only in registered version) in .eml format so that each message will have its own file named by the message subject with the inadmissible characters omitted (\ / : * ? " < > |). If the folder already contains the file with such name, same number in [] brackets will be added to such name, for example: "att [1].eml" - if this is the first name with the same name and "att [2].eml" - if it is already the second one.

Later you can copy/move the saved messages into Outlook Express folder.

Recovering files in the batch mode.

The OE-Mail Recovery program has a batch mode for recovering files. To use this mode, you should click the Batch Mode button on the toolbar or select the Batch Mode item from the main menu of the program. The batch mode sequentially extracts messages from dbx files and immediately saves them to the disk. Therefore, to launch batch recovery, you should create a list of dbx files to be recovered and specify the location/folder to save extracted messages to. You can save the list of files to be recovered to the disk as a bat file (it is a text file with a tab delimiter).

  • The Add .dbx file button is used for adding a file to the batch; here you should also specify the folder to save extracted messages to.
  • The Update .dbx file button allows you to modify a record in the batch.
  • The Remove .dbx file button removes a file from the batch.
  • The New Batch button clears the list of files to be recovered.
  • The Open Batch button allows you to open a previously saved bat file.
  • The Save Batch button allows you to save a list of files and folders as a separate bat file.
  • The Start Recovery button launches the batch file recovery process.

Searching for dbx files

If the program could not automatically detect the location of dbx files on the computer or if you need to search for additional files, the program has a built-in search feature. To do it, you should click the Search dbx files button either in the main form of the program or in the wizard. The search form is similar to that of Windows Explorer. Before searching, you should specify the location to be searched, specify the file type (the default is .dbx files) and click the Search Now button. You can see search results on the right panel. If you click the OK button (or just make a double-click), the search result will be moved to the main form or to the wizard.

See also:

Outlook Express Repair DBX files: http://www.outlookexpressrepair.oemailrecovery.com