Since I wanted to clean up my e-mail system I decide to compact and save the folders as per the directions in OE's "Help". I have now saved all messages and backed them up on cd. The idea was to completely delete all the OE .dbx files on my computer and keep them on disc. Trouble is, I can't read any of the compacted .dbx files now - on hard disc or on the CD. When I try I am asked to "Open With", etc. but I do not know which programme to use, either on the computer or on the web.
1. Even though you can view a .dbx file using either Notepad or Wordpad by simply right-clicking, selecting Open With, and then using either, the structure isn't very nice. Usually if you understand Outlook Express and know what you're doing, things can be move around, out of, and into the Store without much problem. It wouldn't really matter if you did, provided you had copied the Store to a safe place before fooling with it. But. . .
2. Be advised, the file Folders.dbx is the file which categorizes and maintains the default mail Store (in Outlook Express, click Options, the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder, and then make a note of the path), the user created OE folders, and default OE files. If a certain file or folder is moved or copied into the mail Store in-lieu of using the correct Import method, the Folders.dbx would not be aware of this change and therefore consider the replaced ?.dbx file or folder as corrupted. To make sure things are in sync if copying or moving folders either into or out of the mail Store to delete the Folders.dbx file before starting OE. Even afterwards, perhaps simply deleting it and opening OE will fix you right up. Should the system have asked, "Overwrite . . ."? when a copy or move was performed, anything previously at that point was lost, [Q313055] and [Q295965].
CAVEAT: Also be advised, the Folders.dbx file keeps track of Active News Group Subscriptions and the information is lost when the file is deleted.
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