I have dragged my outlook express files from one computer running win 98 to a new one running win xp, both are using ie 6. I do this via usb cable and a programme called PC-Linq which has always worked very well for me in the past. When I look for them in explorer they are all there, in the correct place that is C;\documents&settings\owner\localsettings\application data\identities\guid\microsoft\outlook express but they do not show amongst the folders when I open internet express.
Thanks for your suggestion Scotty. I had tried this, but it merely confirmed, that I had put the files in the right place. However I eventually got over it by creating a set of folders with identical names and I then dragged the original folders on to these and when asked if I wanted to overwrite the new folders clicked yes. The files then showed up in outlook express when I opened it. I can't explain why.
The safest way to transfer you outlook files is : Highlight all the files you want to Keep,Send them 'as attachment', to yourself. then go to your new machine and download EMail. Your Mail will come back as *.eml files. Store them in a folder or CD. Click on a file to open.
These must have been special folders (i.e. folders other than the default Inbox, Outbox, Drafts etc).
One of the .dbx files in the Outlook Express folder is called folders.dbx which contains the names of the OE folders (Inbox, Outbox, Drafts etc - and any special folders you create yourself). OE will only display what is contained in folders.dbx. That is why, I think, even though you've copied the mail folder (say specialfolder.dbx) to the new computer, it's not shown in OE.
You should have copied the folders.dbx file to the new computer as well. But creating the special folders manually in OE achieved the same result. Maybe next time.