A question for you
by MarkFlax - 5/13/11 12:10 PM
In Reply to: Reply by johnscotthager
You mentioned you have an external disk as a backup.
Do you know, or can you search that disk for, any Inbox.dbx file? If so, then it is possible that this could be used to replace the Inbox.dbx file in the XP system and then open Outlook Express in that system and get access to those backed up emails.
I say possible only because I am not sure how you created your backup onto this external drive. If you simply copied/pasted to the external then that Inbox.dbx file, (if it exists), may still work. But some Back Up Software creates backups in certain ways that only that software itself can restore them.
So I would try this;
1] Search that external disk for any Inbox.dbx files
(Note, if you are using Windows Explorer to manage files and search for files, then be sure that it's Tools > Folder Options, View tab has the setting to show file extensions for known file types).
2] Make a copy of that file and place the copy onto the Desktop of the XP computer.
3] Search for the Inbox.dbx file on that Xp computer. When you find it, rename it InboxOld.dbx. This prevents losing it.
4] Copy the Inbox.dbx file on your Desktop into the location where you found the file in 3 above.
5] Open Outlook Express and see if it correctly sees and accesses the backed up Inbox.dbx file.
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