How do I Backup Windows Mail?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Lorraine, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Lorraine

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    You can do it manually by copying and pasting your e-mails in Windows Explorer.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 19, 2007
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  2. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    Sounds very simple but I don't know where to begin. Do you select messages
    individually? When I try to copy, the copies go to a file in the email
    Lorraine, Jun 21, 2007
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  3. Lorraine

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Open Windows Explorer, Menu bar (press ALT if not visible) Tools > Folder
    Options, View tab, click Show hidden files and folders radio button and uncheck
    hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and click Yes button on
    warning dialogue, navigate to C:\Users\ "your account name"
    \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders. Select the folders (or .eml
    files, NOT the .fol files) you wish to backup and Edit > Copy. Create a folder
    (subfolder) where you wish to save the messages and right click > Paste.

    To save time navigating in the future, right click on the Windows Mail folder >
    Send To > Desktop (create shortcut)

    Go back to Tools > Folder Options, View tab and click Do not show hidden files
    and folders and check Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

    Now, when you want to get to your e-mail store, just double click on the desktop
    shortcut. If you want to preview the e-mails: Organize > Layout and enable
    Preview Pane (very, very slow however)
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 21, 2007
  4. Lorraine

    Lorraine Guest

    Thank you Cal Bear '66. I was able to follow your directions and do all that
    you suggested and now have a backup file on my desktop and on CD.

    I can't check it out right now to know whether I can import from this file,
    however. I tried to import the files into Outlook Express on my laptop still
    running XP and could not make that work. I do appreciate your help and hope
    that this backup will work if needed. Thanks, again.

    Lorraine (blue and gold from two other UC's)
    Lorraine, Jun 21, 2007
  5. Lorraine

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    You're welcome.

    If you can't import, you can just copy and paste back. I have done it and it
    does work.

    OK, now you MUST tell me, which other two UCs? Please.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 21, 2007
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    Gussie Guest

    Gussie, Nov 13, 2007
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    Hester Guest

    Hi Lorraine / Dave etc,
    Was this problem ever sorted? I had exactly the same problem - and
    found your posts here. Then I decided to try to store the backup on my
    C drive, rather than the external HD that I had been trying before. It
    suddenly worked! So I thought well all I have to do is copy that lot
    from C to the HD. But now I get a warning message entitled Property
    Loss - Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?
    By the number of files stated, I know that it means for each and every
    email message. I have also searched the web for tips on this error, but
    can't find anything remotely useful.
    Does this error mean I may as well not bother proceeding as the backup
    will be useless? Would very much appreciate any advice! Thanks
    Hester, Jan 19, 2008
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