Sadly we have to be very clear about "Windows Mail"

by R. Proffitt Moderator - 7/30/12 9:46 AM

In Reply to: How to transfer Windows Mail files? by Disneyfan

Sometimes folk meant the stock one and sometimes something else. and the picture there shows the message store is in the user's home folder under AppData. You would copy that to the restored machine.

No one would re-use that hard drive until recovery is complete!

Your post may have omitted other details such as the new laptop that is not running Vista.