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How to Backup Mails and Address Book of Outlook Express

What happens when you log into your computer system and find that you cannot access your mails on Outlook Express? All your important emails, drafts, appointments, attachments, contact addresses have become inaccessible.

At this point you realize the importance of backing up your emails. Isn't it?

Outlook Express - the easiest and widely used email client on Windows OS provides easy options through which you can create backup of your emails and contact addresses.

For the users of Windows 98, backup of emails is stored in the Windows directory and for the users of Windows 200 and XP, the emails get stored in the Application Data folder. The email client stores the emails in the form of .dbx files - Inbox.dbx, Drafts.dbx, Outbox.dbx, Personal.dbx and so on. Every folder added in your account is saved at this location.

Email communication has expanded itself from professionals to home users and thus also faces the situations of corruptions and damages. Emails easily become corrupt and deleted due to virus attacks, accidental deletions, header corruption of .dbx or .mbx file, damage in the transit, power failure, automatic system shutdown or the mails get permanently deleted from the "Deleted Items" folder.

To avoid the situations of losing important emails, one should always create and maintain backup of the emails and contact addresses. This backup can be created at any location of your computer system or to any CDRW or DVD.

The first and foremost step is to find the actual path where Outlook Express stores the .dbx files. Perform the following steps to locate the .dbx file(s):

  1. Launch Outlook Express.
  2. Click the Tools menu.
  3. Select the Options option. The Options dialogue box will be displayed.
  4. Select the Maintenance tab from the Options dialogue box.
  5. Click the Store Folder button. The Store Location window will appear with the path of the folder (Outlook Express), where personal messages are stored.
  6. Copy the path and click OK or click Change to modify the location of saving the personal messages.
  7. Paste this path in address field of the Windows File Manager. The Outlook Express folder with the .dbx file(s) will be displayed.

The folder has the number of folders which you have created in your mail account. Simply copy these files and paste them to new location or take backup on any other hard disk, CDRW, DVD or on a network drive.

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