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Posted by: Betty321 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 10:43am
I have lots [& I do mean lots  :o ] of saved emails. Is there any way to transfer them to a dvd or something so I can get them off my computer? I have been going through & deleting some but there are so many with info that I want to keep. Help me please  
Posted by: 112 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 12:48pm; Reply: 1
   If you are using Outlook Express, this is what I would suggest:
1. make new folders for the emails that you want to move.  Name them something destinctive that will be easily noticeable, like BackupInbox.
2. move the emails into those folders.
3. Outlook Express will make individual files (with the .dbx ending) for each folder.  
4. Find the directory where the emails are kept (try doing a search for .dbx).
5. Copy the files of the new Folders to dvd.
6. Delete those files (I would suggest moving them to another folder instead of deleting them until you know for sure that this works).

   If you are not using Outlook Express, tell us what you are using.
Posted by: Betty321 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 2:47pm; Reply: 2
Thank you, Ray. Yes I am using OE. I'll give this a try. I knew there had to be some way to burn them. I'll let you know what happens. :D
Posted by: Betty321 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 3:40pm; Reply: 3
Ray, you wrote:Find the directory where the emails are kept (try doing a search for .dbx). ---- How do I do this? Do I go to the start, search, & type .dbx or do I go somewhere else?  I think I am making this harder than it should be. :'(
Posted by: 112 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 4:46pm; Reply: 4
   Yes, that is how you do it.
Posted by: Betty321 (Guest), December 27th, 2008, 8:07pm; Reply: 5
Me again ;) I did everything like you said & the folder burned great. However, when I tried to open it, the system says it can't open a .dbx file :'(
I used a DVD & my burning program is Nero7
Posted by: 112 (Guest), December 29th, 2008, 11:13am; Reply: 6
Yes, that is true.  The file has to be in the Outlook Express folder in order to be opened by Outlook Express.  This leaves you with two options.

1.  Find a program that opens the dbx files.  You can find one by going to and searching for dbx.


2.  When you want to open the files, import them into Outlook Express.  If import does not work, create a new folder of the same name as the dbx file and then copy the dbx file into the Outlook Express folder replacing the blank file.
Posted by: 93 (Guest), January 5th, 2009, 11:27pm; Reply: 7
Here is the detailed procedure for Ray's item 2 above.

1.  Insert the DVD which has the dbx file you want to put in OE, called AA.dbx for this illustration.  This will be used in step 5.

2.  Open Outlook Express and set up a new folder under local folders, named AA.   Here's how: Highlight "Local Folders" > click File > Folder > New > type in the name AA

3.  MOST IMPORTANT -- Put at least one email into the new folder AA.  This will later be gone so use something you do not want to save.

4.  Close and reopen OE.  Then close again.

5.  "Copy" AA.dbx from step 1.

6.  Open the dbx folder on the your computer (the folder which contains all the dbx files).  This folder is usually named something like: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{31391EF3-B3AC-4F12-94D8-DC2DA45E9526}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

7.  "Paste" AA.dbx to the dbx folder just opened.  I believe a message appears asking if you want to replace the folder named AA.dbx. If so, click YES.

8.  That's it.  Open OE and the folder AA is now there with your emails.

Hope this helps.
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