Thanks, folks. I found an old reply and tried it - very simple and worked.
And was reveresible too. For others benefit...
** IMPORTANT: Before you do anything.... If you are going to move or
backup email that is important to you, DO NOT follow this procedure!! I
think I have everything right, but may be leaving something out -- or you
might delete the wrong folder and it could be impossible to get your data
** Take your PC or hard drive down to the friend computer store and pay them
a few dollars to back up your data. It could save losing your data.
Now, I am posting this mainly for my own benefit so I can find it later. :O)
Open Windows Explorer
Go to (in my case, Win98SE) c:/windows.000/Application Data/Identities.
You'll see several folders with random letter names. Look in the one with
the most recent date. Then open subfolder Microsoft/Outlook Express.
Select the DBX files you want to move or backup and copy them (not move) to
another location -- either this drive or another drive.
Repeat this for all those you want to backup.
Then go to the next most recent folder under Identities and do the same. If
there is an older file there and you want to be sure not to lose anything,
copy it and, in the backup location, give it a different name from the more
recent file. (Inbox-June04, Inbox-June04-old1, Inbox-June04-old2, etc.) You
can always go back later and cull out the duplicate emails.
After you are all finished backing up, leave WinExplorer open and open OE6.
In Explorer, go to the new location where you have backed up the folders and
note the first one.
Go to OE6 and open that same folder. Delete all the emails in that folder
and close it. Repeat for each of the backed up folders. ** Be sure to
double check that you are deleting email for a folder that you have backed
There are 2 ways to do this -- one for easy retreival and other for long
For easy retreval, leave the folders there with one email in each one.
Later you can copy the DBX file back to the original folder and the email
will either be there or will only take a few minutes to get it back.
Otherwise, if you delete the folder, you have to create a new one, give it
the same name, put an email in it, then copy the file back.
** If I have left out anything, folks, please feel free to comment and