I was preparing to move files from an old computer to a new Dell Vostro - I created a new file in my Docs called "old emails" - then dragged the dbx files from the default store to this location and then changed the maintainance settings in outlook express to point at the "old emails" folder. MS 2000 Pro asked for a restart before it changed the settings - When I went into OE afterwards I have empty inbox, outbox etc and all the other folders I had in there have gone. If I use the search facility it only finds these empty folders. There still seems to be just 1 identity. Any idea where the emails might be - has Windows deleted them. Help Please.
I moved them by Ctrl A, dragging and dropping into the new folder, Then OE, Tools, Maintenance, Store folder, Change - to the new location - Restart - Open OE - Inbox now empty (Should have I thought had all my old inbox emails) - Same for outbox, sent, deleted and drafts - Other folders I had sorted mail into over the years Eg Ebay purchases - even the folder has gone - it's like OE created a new starting set of folders where i thought my old ones should be. - All on the old computer - Can't reimport them cos there are only these empty folders there !!
RLMTS - The experience with the hard drive crash seems similar enough to try that route - I think I have nothing to lose - My emails are not in the original location, they are not in the new location - they don't turn up when hidden files are visible - so NTFS Reader For DOS might be worth a try - but where do you get it and how do you use it? Tried googling but little success.