I'm using Outlook Express as my email software. I want to backup some messages to a CD and have tried dragging the messages from the Inbox folder to a new folder I've created on my Desktop. This works and copies the messages there naming them according the the email subject. The trouble is that a large number of the emails have the same subject and so I get the option of either not copying them or overwriting the previous email with that name. What I really need to do is find some way of telling Windows to rename files which have the same name, for example by adding (1), (2), (3) etc.
I have looked at the message export options of OE but this only allows export of a complete folder and the whole folder must be copied back into OE before the messages are accessible, whereas my way each individual mail can be opened directly from the CD.
Does anyone know how I can set windows to rename the files, or or another way to export the individual files?
to those of you who have replied to this posting. However, there are upwards of three hundred emails so saving each one in turn will take too long.
The reason I don't want to copy the DBX files is that if I do this, to access any of the messages I would have to reinstall the entire inbox they are stored in. However, the way I want to do it keeps the files as .eml so they can still be individually opened.
QMAR - the program you suggest looks good - but is only a trial. I want to archive them for future use so really need a solution that will not expire after 30 days and whilst I realised I could pay to register this program - I think I'd rather manually rename them all than pay!
The trouble is, that for the utilities you suggest, the files all have to be in the same folder to start with. They are currently only in my inbox and so I cannot run the software on them, and I can't copy them to a folder because it is at this point I get an error saying that the destination folder already contains a file with the same name.