I'm running Windows XP and Outlook Express, but cannot find where all the emails are kept on the C drive, I want to put an icon on my desktop so that I can drag and drop them into an external drive for backups as I do for My Docs. Can anyone please help me?
Thanks to both of you for that, it took me almost there but when I go to C:\Documents and Settings\My User Name\ all I can see is the following, Cookies, Desktop, Favourites, my docs, start menu and WINDOWS, there's no sign of \Local Settings\Application although I confirmed this was where they are by going to Tools> etc.
To make it easier to backup you could of course move them to your own folder, e.g. create a folder, say, My Mail Boxes, then via OE, Tools, Options, Maintenance Tab and type in the name of your new "Store Folder".
You need to be aware that emails are not stored as individual files, but are stored in databases - the one called Inbox.dbx, for instance, stores all the emails in your inbox - and may even still have deleted or moved emails in it (that don't show up in OE).
The only program to open these dbx files, is Outlook Express, or a few utility programs that specialise in repeiring and recovering files from corrupt OE databases