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how to recover email msgs and contacts

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by kjb247, May 27, 2009.

  1. kjb247


    Dec 25, 2006
    OK, my old desktop (HP with Win XP) will not boot up. Apparantly the boot files (or whatever they're called) on the hard drive got fried and don't work anymore. I bought a USB-IDE adapter cable and hooked up the hard drive to my laptop. I have access to all the files and docs on the old hard drive.

    I was using outlook express for the email on the desktop but did not have email on the laptop. I set up the email on the laptop now but (obviously) I don't have any of my contacts or old email messages anymore. I looked on the old drive under Program Files/Outlook Express but can't find them anywhere. Is there somewhere else they would be stored? I need the contacts and several of the messages. Can anyone help please!!?
  2. SKeefe


    Mar 11, 2003
    Try this location or something similar.

    C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    address book file is a .wab file.

    Do a search for *.wab and it will find the file. If you cannot read the old harddrive This will not help.
  4. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA
    anybody know if outlook express uses .pst files ? or is that with just outlook 200x
  5. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Nope, .PST files are Outlook only.
  6. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Like SKeefe said search for the ... Identities folder. If you created folders to store your mail separate from the In box then the quickest way to find the correct Identities folder is to search for one of those folders by name ... like "John's saved mail" etc ...