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Old 06-24-2011, 08:28 AM   #1  
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Hi all,

I was using Windows Live Mail on my PC (with Outlook). My operating system crashed and cannot be restarted.

Have set up a new hard drive and OS and from those am able to get access to the program files on the old crashed drive, including the Windows Live, Windows Mail files.

Is there any way I can bring my email history across to my new hard drive and get them back into outlook again?

There were several years of valuable emails in that old drive and it is a major disaster to lose them

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 06-24-2011, 09:09 AM   #2  
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Windows live should have all of the emails stored on their server unless you removed them. Recovery would be easy in that case. If you used outlook to take the mail (remove) from the Microsoft server then things become a bit more complicated. There are several programs available that can help you recover data from a crashed hard drive like the free Recuva 1.40, and a few others. If you do in fact have to recover the files for email the most important is the one that has the .pst extension. This is the cumulative outlook data file.


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Yes I used outlook to read the mail, so it was removed from the server. I have actually recovered all the files/folders from the old drive - just don't know which ones are the relevant ones and/or how to get the emails back from them....

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Windows live should have all of the emails stored on their server unless you removed them. Recovery would be easy in that case. If you used outlook to take the mail (remove) from the Microsoft server then things become a bit more complicated. There are several programs available that can help you recover data from a crashed hard drive like the free Recuva 1.40, and a few others. If you do in fact have to recover the files for email the most important is the one that has the .pst extension. This is the cumulative outlook data file.


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As I stated earlier the file with the .pst extension contains all of the data, emails, appointments, etc. This is what outlook uses to store everything in a container, of sorts. Wish you luck...

Once you find that file you can import/restore it to outlook and everything should be there.
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Thanks I will look for that file now
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As I stated earlier the file with the .pst extension contains all of the data, emails, appointments, etc. This is what outlook uses to store everything in a container, of sorts. Wish you luck...

Once you find that file you can import/restore it to outlook and everything should be there.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:47 AM   #6  
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Just an update, and it may help others who come across this thread on a google search.

I couldn't find the .pst file, but I did fix the problem.

I went to:

Computer;LocalDisk;Users;Darren;AppData;Local;Micr osoft;WindowsLiveMail

I copied the entire content of the "WindowsLiveMail" folder over to the corresponding "WindowsLiveMail" folder on my new OS drive.

And my entire email history, in all of it's complex multiple folders, multiple accts etc etc was there

Important tip for those with the same problem, you must allow viewing of "hidden files" which is done from your "tools" "folder options" "view" screen.

Thanks again for the assist Loves2Watch
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Awesome, glad you got it worked out. Something for me to remember as well, that is the way you recovered the data.
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Better tip. You don't need to search crashed drives if you back everything up religiously. I keep all my volatile files (including the .pst files) on partitions separate from my OS and program files. I don't let programs store files anywhere except where I tell them. Even though I back up my OS partition at specific intervals, my other drives are backed up no less than once a day.

With Outlook, in most cases you can leave your mail on the servers until you delete them from Outlook, so you actually have a backup.
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Better tip. You don't need to search crashed drives if you back everything up religiously. I keep all my volatile files (including the .pst files) on partitions separate from my OS and program files. I don't let programs store files anywhere except where I tell them. Even though I back up my OS partition at specific intervals, my other drives are backed up no less than once a day.

With Outlook, in most cases you can leave your mail on the servers until you delete them from Outlook, so you actually have a backup.
Always a good plan. Something I have been doing for years excepting the use of outlook as I use other mail servers and programs to access them like Thunderbird for example.

Everyone should back up religiously and frequently...
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I'd recommend you to use 'Remo Recover' to do the same. This is the most
recommended tool to recover lost emails.
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