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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    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
    program.
     
    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
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  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
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  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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