> I just had my computer/WindowsME reformatted due to
> freezing up by a computer shop. They backed up all my old
> files and I have found the files that says old hard drive
> info. But have not had any luck finding my saved emails or
> favorites folders from my previous IE/OE. They did update
> me to IE6 on reinstall. I did a search with some of the
> names that I know were on the saved emails(family tree
> info) and they show up but am unable to open them. It asks
> which program do I want to open it with. I don't know! I
> called the computer shop and they said that when they were
> doing the backup that it did not make an extra copy on
> their machine as it had an error on some of the filesand
> something about a windows file that was corrupt that
> caused the problem. Basically that they were lost.
> But after reading some of the other messages here and
> being able to find some of the names that were in the old
> stored emails, it sounds like they might be hidden and
> maybe this dbxtract would work? Can someone please advise
> a rather stupid computer user in simple language? Would
> this be an option or are they completely gone?
First of all, so that all files are shown, control panel>folder
options>view and put a check in "show hidden files and folders".
Then search for *.dbx
You might then recognise your missing folders amongst those listed. I
suggest you copy them to another folder (created for this purpose) on
your desktop from where you can then try importing them via OE. (Make
sure they are not marked as "read only".)
Use the following link to import one folder at a time.
If the import will not work, but the folders are present, use the
following link to extract what messages you can from the old folders.
They can be dragged back into any folder of OE.
MS MVP - Windows (IE/OE)