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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

Hi all,

I had a computer accident this evening, and lost all my mails + deleted my whole adress book  Sad

Does anybody know if I can find my adressbook + my emails back on my computer?

Quite a lot of emails contained important information, it would be sad to have lost them all...

Message to all people with who I regularly mailed: can you please drop me an email with your email adress? It would make things easier to add you again...


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User currently offlineReguPilot From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2004, 496 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1138 times:

Hello Frederic. I hope I'm not late to this.

You don't specify what e-mail software you were using, and what Operating System (WindowsXP, etc) you're using. But lets assume you're on Windows Me or latter and you were using Microsoft Outlook (not Outlook Express). Your e-mails and address book are saved on a file of type PST. Most of the time it's called Outlook.pst. I would recommend that you perform a search on your PC, and in the search for box type the same thing I typed here: *.PST - and then hit Enter. That is STAR, DOT and PST (*.PST). It will try to locate in your Hard Drive any PST file you can have. You may even have Archive.pst files on your PC.

Check on the dates and on the filesize of your PST findings and remember the location. You can even move it to a location easier to access for you if you want. Then open Outlook and from the File menu choose OPEN OUTLOOK DATA FILE and locate that PST file of your seach. You will see it in your Outlook Folder list as usual.

There are more things to it, that will enhance your Outlook usage when these things happen, but its useless to explain here since I'm not sure that Outlook is your e-mail client. I also hope that you're not inside an Exchange network.

Hope this helps!


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1131 times:

Hi Daurys,

Thanks for the info!

I'm using W98, and Outlook Express 6. So I don't think the above description can help me...  Sad


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

This happened to me a couple of weeks ago - I'm using WinXP and Outlook Express 6.0. When I loaded OE back up, there were no emails or addresses. I think it gets rid of them all and as far as I know there is no way to retrieve them.


[Edited 2004-03-20 14:22:17]

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Try a search for .dbx files on your hardrdrive. That's where outlook express saves the mail folders.


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