Microsoft Outlook Express is an easy to use and free email client which generally comes pre-installed on computers using a Windows Operating System. It contains fully featured newsreader for posting and reading messages from internet newsgroups. This tool has ability to manage multiple email accounts under a single user identity and also manages multiple identities. Outlook Express has varied kind of data structure than Outlook to store the emails. Microsoft Outlook stores each folder in its file structure instead of existing individually on the hard disk drive i.e. it saves entire Outlook data along with its settings in single file called as PST file. However, MS Outlook Express stores emails in multiple files rather than just in a single file.
If you want to take backup of MS Outlook Express emails then you need to take backup of all files and also you have to take backup of registry keys in order to save your personal settings unlike single file in Outlook. MS Outlook Express stores mails in a different files with .dbx extension. In order to find out the location of .dbx files, Open Outlook Express, Select Tools->Options->Maintenance-> Store Folder. But, MS Outlook Express is a big target for viruses, spywares, and worms and also it shares Internet Explorer’s vulnerability because it uses Internet Explorer’s code to display the e-mails resulting in loss of emails.
Common scenarios in which you may lose your emails are as follows:
DBX file corruption during Compact Operation: Generally, compacting is done in order to reclaim the wasted disk space. If you have selected Compact Messages in the Background then MS Outlook Express automatically compress the files when it reaches some specified percentage of overall message storage capacity. But, this is not a good idea because DBX files may get corrupted if sudden power failure occurs during compaction resulting in loss of emails.
Antivirus scanning resulting in deletion of emails: If you have installed antivirus program on your system then before opening the received emails, it first scan those emails for viruses. If any virus is found then it try to remove that virus. If it is not able to remove that virus then it may delete you emails resulting in loss of emails.
Accidental deletion of emails: When the emails are deleted from Inbox, Sent box or Outbox of Outlook Express, it moves them to the Deleted Items folder. This folder holds the deleted emails until they are deleted from “Deleted Items” folder. You can also empty the “Deleted Items” folder manually. Accidentally clicking on “Empty Deleted Items Folder” option may results in loss of emails. If you have selected empty messages from the “Deleted Items” folder on Exit from the maintenance tab then the mails that are moved to “Deleted Items” folder are automatically removed when you exit the Outlook Express. If you have accidentally moved the emails to “Deleted Items” folder and sudden power failure occurs due to which Outlook Express gets terminated then you may lose those emails.
However, simply deleting emails from “Deleted Items” folder does not mean that those emails are permanently deleted. However, when the emails are deleted from Outlook Express, it marks the item as deleted but does not remove it permanently from the hard drive where the folders are located. Mail recovery from Outlook Express can be done easily using Mail Recovery tool. This tool can repair corrupted or damaged dbx files and recovers lost emails. This software has the ability to undelete emails from PST that are deleted due to antivirus scanning and also recovers mails that are lost during compact operation. Due to this operation sometimes you may suffer from corrupt dbx file and so by making use of this software you can restore Outlook express emails and can be used without much worry as it is recommended by high professionals. Corruption of Outlook profile may lead to loss of items present in sent items & also other items like inbox, outbox, drafts, etc. But you do not have to worry, you can restore sent emails in Outlook by using this software.The software supports different versions of Outlook Express such as Outlook Express 4, 5, 5.5 and 6. Mail Recovery Software can also restore mails erased from Outlook Inbox with utmost ease. If the PST file is severely corrupted and you are not able to access the data then you can use this software to repair and recover lost emails. Evaluate and judge Outlook Email Recovery Utility review in order to use this recovery tool to recover deleted or lost emails from Outlook. If you want to restore deleted emails from OST file then you need to make use of OST Recovery Software.
Steps to recover deleted emails from Outlook Express:
Step 1: Download and install Mail Recovery Software and launch it to recover emails deleted from Outlook Express
. Click on "Click here to select .dbx files" from the main window as shown in Figure 1
Figure 1 : Welcome Window
step 2: The software scans the entire hard drive to list the identities. The next window will be displayed with list of identities and respective dbx files. Select the dbx file from where you have deleted the emails then click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2 : Select the dbx file from where you have deleted the emails
Step 3: Now, a window is appeared asking to select destination drive to store recovered emails. Click on "Browse" button to select to select the destination drive and to save recovered emails as shown in figure 3
Figure 3 : Save recovered file
Requirements: Windows 7/XP/Vista
Outlook Versions: Microsoft Outlook Express versions 4.0, 5.0, 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0