Skip to comments.Need Help Importing Outlook Express DBX files
Posted on 04/04/2013 8:11:54 AM PDT by butterdezillion
I've got dbx files retrieved from my computers after several strategically-timed computer crashes. A lot of data has been scrubbed from the internet so I need to get what was lost from my email files.
When I try importing them I'm told that there either aren't any records in the folder(s) or else another application is using them. What I've read says to make sure the files are not read-only; I've made sure of that and get the same problem.
One time it said it imported all the files but only imported the spam folder. Other times it said it had imported all the files but nothing was imported.
So then I've been trying to unzip these files, because I remember that being a problem before. I tried using the tool at http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-dbxtract-45/ and it said it had extracted the files but I can't find them anywhere. I also tried unDBX but couldn't figure out how to even get started with it; the necessary files were supposed to be associated with the dbx files when I double-click on them but that doesn't happen.
Any help anybody can give is greatly appreciated.
I am a computer moron. I've tried to get help on this issue before and nothing has worked. Take this as an invitation to an extreme challenge, or an opportunity to feel a lot smarter than a pathetic computer moron. lol
Sorry to bug you. Is there any help for me? I don’t know who the troops are, to call for help. Thanks for anything you can do.
Obviously you need to go Linux.
Does this help any?
It did work way back when.
I did find this free tool:
Never tried it personally but probably worth a shot.
Hope you can fix things, but always remember, “Microsoft happens”.
Check out some of these from Google:
read copy outlook express dbx files freeware
[Insert the above line into the Google search box.]
My son tried putting Linux on an external drive so I could use the corpse of the laptop that got fried, but an external drive is so much slower than a built-in drive that it didn’t work well. I mostly just want to get what I need in order to be able to document the stuff I’ve been working on for the last 4 years, and then go back to home-making. Hopefully I won’t need much computing ability once I get this last stuff taken care of.
Try the program in that article. Microsoft wouldn't leave that post up if it didn't work.
Thanks. I’m trying to read it, but it’s unresponsive at this point.
I downloaded DBXpress and after it didn’t work I figured out you have to register it by paying for it, before it will work. sigh.
UnDBX is what I tried but couldn’t get the necessary files to show up when I double-clicked on the DBX file I want to unzip. I couldn’t even find the UnDBX files I downloaded, anywhere on my computer.
Again it's been many years ago but even with tools it could be hit or miss. Guess if a certain portion of the dbx file is munged there's just no recovering it.
In regards to finding the UnDBX files if you have a version of Windows that has a good desktop search feature you might want to look for them there.
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