I use Outlook Express and all of a sudden all sorts of odd things are
happening. A bunch of my email disappeared, my sent mail isn’t being saved to
the sent folder, more. I think my folders have become corrupt. What should I
I’m not going to answer your question.
Instead, I’m going to point you at someone else who’s already written a very thorough
article on the causes of, and solutions to, folder corruption in Outlook
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The Other E-Mail Threat: File
Corruption in Outlook Express is an article on microsoft.com by Tom Koch
that goes into a fair amount of detail discussing Outlook Express folders,
folder corruption and what you should, and should not, be doing.
Of particular note is the fact that the cause of most corruption in OE is
the first email threat: viruses. Not the viruses themselves, but rather the
anti-virus software that we all use to prevent viruses from spreading. Yes, if
not configured properly, anti-virus software can cause your Outlook Express
folders to become corrupt.
One thing that you’ll want to pay attention to, well before you have any
problem, is this phrase from the article; one of the steps in recovering from
Copy the latest backup of the DBX file from your backup media into the
You do perform regular backups of your computer, don’t you? Backups that
include your mail folders? If not, start now before you have a
In fact, backing up is step #9 in the article’s Ten Steps of
9. Backup your entire Store Folder on a regular basis.
Armed with a good backup strategy in place, Tom’s article will help recover
many forms of Outlook Express folder corruption.