Using WinXp SP2 Home with all updates. Here's a bit of a poser for you wizards - I've just fired up the computer, checked for messages and clicked back to desktop. Up pops a window that tells me "Windows can compact all your messages" - yes or no options. I clicked yes and away it went.
Noticing after that I had items in the Recycle Bin, I looked in and found copies of all the messages, Inbox, Outbox etc., from OE6 in there, and all had been given .BAK extensions. The original messages are, thankfully, still accessible in their original folders and are .DBX files as normal.
Any ideas on this one, guys, as I am at a loss to know what's happened here. TC.