outlook express compacting

  athenrye 20:07 22 Sep 2006

when i exit outlook express it has started to ask if i want to compact my messages and save space
thing is i dont this a few months ago and lost all my messages and contacts, and i dont want to do it again
whats wrong with my outlook express and how do i sort it out?

  VoG II 20:10 22 Sep 2006

It is meant to do this every 100 times you use OE.

Have a read click here

  athenrye 20:19 22 Sep 2006

hi vog
thanks for your time, i looked at the previous topics on this issue and read the microsoft oe stuff on the oe corrupting issue

this is my problem, im a collector and have lots of email address etc, at the begining of the year i compacted the oe and it lost the lot, i wasnt able to retreive any emails or addresses

i have went 9 months building my contacts etc back up and i dont want to compact again until i know it will be safe, what can i do to ensure i dont loose anything

  VoG II 20:28 22 Sep 2006

The best way, as €dstowe would say, is to have a backup.

Personally I use Norton Ghost click here but others prefer Acronis click here

Both of these can be used to save an image of your hard drive - onto the same drive (risky in my opinion - if the drive fails you've lost the original and the image!) or a second internal or external HDD. They can be scheduled to create backup images whenever you like.

If anything goes wrong - such as your OE data being corrupted - you can restore an image and be back working within a few minutes.

The alternative is to use Windows Backup - this is not installed by default with windows XP Home Edition click here

  terryf 20:54 22 Sep 2006

I have used EA8 and its predecessors for years to backup OE and all its components click here

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