Recovered Items folder?

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Frank Pajerski, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Occasionally the "Recovered Items" folder appears with some folders/items in
    it, usually after a WLM bobble of some type. I can't find any info on this
    particular folder and what to do about/with it in Help.

    1) Is there info somewhere on this that I have missed?
    2) What is happening to divert items to it?
    3) How should it then be handled? I don't see any menu action relating to
    it. Do I just manually move the mail or news items in it to the folder where
    they should reside?

    For now, after viewing and maybe saving the items in it, I just delete
    "Recovered Items" so that its reappearance sometime later will alert me that
    it has new contents.

    --- Frank
    Frank Pajerski, Oct 25, 2007
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  2. Frank Pajerski

    Dima [MSFT] Guest

    Ordinarily, every message file present in the WLM store has an entry in the
    database. However, if the database gets corrupted or you manually add
    message files to store folders (outside the app), we find these "unofficial"
    files and put them in a recovered items folder.

    If the database is corrupted, we first try to restore it from the backup. A
    lot of the time, though, some new messages have been received since the
    database was backed up. These files don't have entries in the database and
    are therefore "recovered".

    You shouldn't need to ever put anything into the Recovered items folder.
    You can, if you want. I think more likely you would be moving messages out
    of there into your account/storage folder of choice.

    I'll look into adding a help entry on this.

    Dima [MSFT], Oct 25, 2007
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  3. Frank Pajerski

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Frank.

    When I find a Recovered Items folder, I just move the messages out, as Dima
    said, to the folders where they belong. Or just move them all to my Inbox
    and let my Rules move them. Usually there are several layers of subfolders
    under Recovered Items, but all the subfolders are empty except the bottom
    folder. Like you, once I've rescued all the useful messages, I just Delete
    the Recovered Items folder, which also deletes the whole now-empty subfolder
    tree. (That's the same way I handled Imported Items folders when I first
    switched to WLM from WM and WLMd last Spring.)

    Luckily, I haven't had a Recovered Items folder appear in several weeks now.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)
    R. C. White, Oct 26, 2007
  4. Frank Pajerski

    Guest Guest


    I tried to do the move out and into a folder for a newsgroup under a
    newsgroup account in my WLMD configuration. WLMD seemed to be attempting to
    post the messages to the newsgroup as a result of the move! Thank God it
    failed. Am I doing something wrong? Is the user's handling of the Recovered
    Items folders meant to be different for mail accounts as opposed to
    newsgroup accounts?

    Also, for some reason, after a WLMD upset, switching from mail to newsgroups
    without first collapsing the Storage Folders causes WLMD to stop responding
    and causes the wlmail.exe process to max out the CPU at 100%. What's up with
    that? Is there a fix?

    Guest, Nov 2, 2007
  5. Frank Pajerski

    ...winston Guest

    Were you attempting to moving these to a newsgroup or a user created
    folder ?
    If they are newsgroup messages present in the Recovered folder after WLM
    created the backup, they should be available for download in the
    newsgroup. You may have to reset the group to download them.

    If these(recovered items) are messages that one wishes to save, external
    from viewing in the newsgroup, then they would need to moved to another
    folder(user created in WLM or Windows Explorer).

    If they are not required, they can be deleted from the Recovered items
    ...winston, Nov 2, 2007
  6. No fix. But if you have a dual core CPU (like I do) it only maxes to 50%. ;-)
    Gary VanderMolen, Nov 2, 2007
  7. Frank Pajerski

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Winston - and MS.
    Yes! It took me several beta build installations - and Imports - to realize
    that it made no sense at all to wait through the loooong process of
    Importing all those Newsgroup posts. Email Accounts and messages import
    properly and were available for reading as soon as the import process is
    done. But News posts were NOT available, even after a successful Import. I
    always had to recreate the News Account, then re-subscribe to my NGs, and
    then re-download all the messages.

    Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I stopped Importing NG posts (back in
    about February) when I realized this.

    So, don't blindly accept the default to Import All Folders. Check just the
    Mail folders and leave the News messages behind.

    And, MS, PLEASE stop typing WLMD when you mean WLM. It just confuses those
    of us who know the difference. :^{

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, Nov 2, 2007
  8. Frank Pajerski

    ...winston Guest

    I can't recall the last time I imported newsgroup messages.
    I do export email accounts and newserver(*.iaf) settings. Though one
    particular server changes the password every few months<g>, thus I export
    that one more often.

    My approach to newsgroups-if I didn't save it somewhere else or remember it,
    if not still available on the server or google, I probably don't need it or
    the subject will reappear once again.
    ...winston, Nov 2, 2007
  9. Frank Pajerski

    ...winston Guest


    ms-mvp windows live mail

    ...winston, Nov 2, 2007
  10. Frank Pajerski

    Guest Guest

    Please enlighten me. What is the difference?

    Guest, Nov 3, 2007
  11. Frank Pajerski

    Guest Guest

    Thanks but never mind. Ron Sommer explained the difference.
    Guest, Nov 3, 2007
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