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Posted: 12/24/2005 4:17:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 4:17:51 PM EDT by corwin1968]
I'm going to format my dad's hard drive and install a new full copy of Windows XP home. I've done this many times on my own computer and generally just back up my photos, music, videos, and documents to CD. He is concerned about keeping all of his e-mails (hundreds...in Outlook Express) as well. I've looked and looked and can't figure out where they are stored so I can back them up.

Can anyone tell me where they are stored?

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:21:40 PM EDT
This is for Outlook (not Express) but you migt be able to figure out Express from this:

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=420400&page=1&#-1
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:31:43 PM EDT
C:\Documents and Settings\*USER*\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\**ANYTHING**\Microsoft\Outlook Express\


You can save the files in this folder and put them back in the new location, it will put the mail back.. I have done this a few times To find this you also need to go into folder options and select to view hidden files and folders
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 5:53:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bob243:
C:\Documents and Settings\*USER*\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\**ANYTHING**\Microsoft\Outlook Express\


You can save the files in this folder and put them back in the new location, it will put the mail back.. I have done this a few times To find this you also need to go into folder options and select to view hidden files and folders



Got it!!

I never would have found that on my own.

Thanks!!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:09:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bob243:
C:\Documents and Settings\*USER*\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\**ANYTHING**\Microsoft\Outlook Express\


You can save the files in this folder and put them back in the new location, it will put the mail back.. I have done this a few times To find this you also need to go into folder options and select to view hidden files and folders



While you're at it; back up the entire C:\Documents and Settings\*USER* directory. There is more in there than just emails. His "my documents" folder is also in there along with favorites (bookmarks) and cookies. Be sure to delete all of the temp internet files if space is an issue.

Chris
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:19:04 PM EDT
You can also export your mail into a .pst file for backup purposes from Outlook.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 7:31:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 7:38:04 PM EDT by no2guncntrl]
You may find this helpful..>
www.dougknox.com/
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 7:36:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 7:37:31 PM EDT by no2guncntrl]
Delete please.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 7:38:07 PM EDT
make a slipstream SP2 cd and install with that
www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
it'll save a lot of downloading and rebooting
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