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deleted emails in Outlook Express inbox

Deleted items in inbox of Outlook Express was emptied 'automatically' (without a command), probably my inbox was filled to much.

2800 e-mails appeared in the dust bin as a batch.

I transferred (relocated) them to: "Local setting/Application data/Identities", but could not be opened any email.

Any suggestions friends,
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    If you carefully follow these instructions, you may be able to recover them.

    1. First CLOSE Outlook Express.
    2. Hopefully you haven’t emptied your recycle bin yet. DON’T EMPTY IT.
    3. Click to open your Recycle Bin and do check it. Do you see any files that end in .bak, like drafts.bak, sent.bak, and especially inbox.bak. If you do, it’s recoverable. But DON’T right-click and choose restore YET. (If you don’t see the files there, they may be in another folder, which you’ll get to later. At any case, they’ll have the .bak extension.)
    4. If you’re not already viewing details, choose VIEW from the top menu, and click on DETAILS. This is so you can see the original file location.
    5. The original file location could look something like this:
    - C:\Documents and Settings\Default\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\some string\inbox.bak
    - (Default could be some other name, some string is the string that you were given, which is different for different users.)
    6. You’re going to have to find that original folder, but you might have to reveal hidden files and folders to do so. Local Settings are usually hidden.
    - Click START, Choose CONTROL PANEL, and Click FOLDER OPTIONS (for Windows 7, you’ll have to click on APPEARANCE AND PERSONALIZATION link first before you can click on FOLDER OPTIONS.) Then click VIEW and look in the ADVANCED SETTINGS Window for SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS. Click that radio button if it isn’t already chosen, then click the OK button.
    7. Now you’re ready. Find that folder, and look for an inbox.dbx. That is your current INBOX.
    8. Right-click inbox.dbx and rename it inbox2.dbx, just in case
    9. Now you can go back to your Recycle Bin, right click inbox.bak, and choose RESTORE.
    10. That file inbox.bak should now be in the folder you just found.
    11. Right click inbox.bak and rename it inbox.dbx
    12. Now open Outlook Express and your inbox messages should be restored.

    OR if that doesn’t work ..

    From the Outlook Express Top Menu, click File > Import > Messages >

    Choose the email program you use
    If it was Outlook Express 6, then choose >Import Mail from an OE6

    Store Directory
    > Click OK, and browse for that folder you just found
    > Click and choose inbox.dbx or whichever file you want to restore, those messages should be restored.

    In case both methods don't work, then use OE-Mail Recovery
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