While they may have the same or very similar names, OE's Store Folder and
WLM's Message Store have quite different structures and are entirely
OE stores messages in its own "folders" with names like Inbox.dbx and names
that you might create, such as Family.dbx. A thousand messages from your
Mom might be in the one file (although OE calls it a "folder") named
Family.dbx. A single corrupted message there might cause you to lose all
the thousand messages.
WLM stores each message in a separate file, so that your thousand messages
from Mom would be in a thousand files, each with a randomly-generated name
and the .eml extension. A single corrupted message cannot corrupt the
OE and WLM do not share their store folders at all; each maintains its own.
That's why we can run OE and WLM side by side. A good practice during the
transition from OE to WLM is to set each to leave a copy of emails on the
server (this is the default in WLM but not in OE), with WLM set to delete
the messages from the server after several (14?) days. Then, so long as you
run OE at least every couple of weeks, its store folder will be complete
until the time when you decide to retire OE. And WLM's message store will
be complete from the time you migrated OE's messages into it.
A fly in this ointment is the Sent Items folder. Since WLM doesn't know
what you've sent when using OE (after the initial import), you'll have to
remember to import that folder into WLM to get all the items you send from
OE during the transition.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
"Jim Macklin" <p51mustang[threeX12]@xxxhotmail.calm> wrote in message
> When installing, most settings seem to be picked up and used when
> switching from OE to Live Mail. But storage folders are not. If you
> store your mail and messages on another drive or partition, you will need
> to make that change manually.
> You will need to show all menus/then Tools/Options/Advanced and click on
> the Maintenance button. You'll find the generally familiar OE options.