Re: Outlook folders gone
That's why it's important to include the .pst file (and the various other files related to Outlook) in your regular backup. Did you?
If you do that backup, say, at least once a week, and have your pop3-settings to leave mail on the server for 8 days, you never lose anything!
Copying the file to a USB-stick is enough. That's one click to a copy-shortcut on your desktop. Well worth the trouble, I'd say.