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How to find email and address book files

Hi. Due to a virus, I recently had to reinstall Windows XP on my PC. Before I did that, I had someone (who is unreachable) back up all of the files onto an external hard drive. Now I want to import my old emails and my address book back into Outlook and I don't know what the files are called. If anyone can help, I'd be very appreciative. I assume that I should start in Outlook>File>Import and Export, but from there, I'm flummoxed. Thanks in advance.

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  • LingoQ Dec 26, 2008

    Thanks. I'm actually using Outlook, not Outlook Express. I just searched on ".dbx" and found many files - examples: Inbox.dbx, Offline.dbx, etc. Should I import all of them? There must be 100 or so files - all of them bear the date when I got my computer - nothing more recent. I'd like to restore my email files as they were when I left them - specifically I'd like to get back was in the Inbox before I reinstalled Windows, etc. Thanks again.

  • LingoQ Dec 27, 2008

    Thanks again. Your instructions helped a lot. However, finding the correct file on my hard drive wasn't so easy - in fact, I found the way files are nested to be kind of counter-intuitive. I wanted to document this nesting - maybe it'll help others in a similar situation. The file that I needed to import was called "Outlook 2" - it's an Office Data File. My name is David and my hard drive is partitioned to accomodate two users. So the correct file was located: Documents and Settings>David>Local Settings>Application Data>Microsoft>Outlook>Outlook 2.

    Again, many thanks for your help. Best wishes for a good New Year.



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Your accounts: IAF file extention.

your address book: CSV file extention.

your mail folders: DBX file extention

search your external hard drive for these extentions . then from outlook express import them . if they were exported , you should see them

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

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    Restore Outlook Mail, Contacts and Other Data from a Backup

    To restore your mail, contacts and other data from a backup copy of an Outlook PST file:

    • Select File | Import and Export... from the menu in Outlook.

    • Select Import from another program or file.

    • Click Next.

    • Highlight Personal Folder File (PST).

    • Click Next again.

    • Now use the Browse button to select the backup copy of the PST file you want to recover from your backup location.

    • Make sure Replace duplicates with items imported is selected.

    • Click Next.

    • Finish the import process with Finish.

    Maybe this will help .



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