User Files In Windows XP!
In Windows XP, the Outlook Express user files, including *.wab and *.dbx files,
are by default marked as hidden. To view these files in Explorer, you must
enable Show Hidden Files and Folders under:
Start | Control Panel | Folder Options | View.
Opening the store root in Windows Explorer reveals a collection of *.dbx files.
These are the files where all your messages are actually stored. The Folders.dbx
file is the master index of the entire store. Likewise, the *.dbx files for the
OE default mail folders will also be created if missing. If one of these folders
stops working properly, deleting the corresponding *.dbx file will usually solve
the problem. (Be sure to move the contents of those folders in OE before you
attempt this). Special attention should be paid to the Inbox, Sent Items and
Deleted Items folders. It is easy for these folders to grow extremely large. OE
is not a dedicated database program, and can have problems with very large
files, making them prone to corruption and data loss. For this reason alone, you
should not use the Inbox to store messages. Instead, create other folders for
storing mail and leave the Inbox for incoming mail. You should also make
cleaning and compacting the Sent Items folder part of your regular maintenance
You can avoid a large Deleted Items folder by configuring OE to empty the
Deleted Items folder automatically upon exiting. Do this under Tools| Options|
Maintenance. If you choose to disable that, be sure to include Deleted Items in
your regular maintenance.
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