Do you have a folder called 'Recovered items' under 'Storage folders'?
I suspect that your old e-mails are within a subfolder of the 'Recovered items' folder. Keep expanding (double-click to expand/contract folders) the subfolders of the 'Recovered items' folder until you find the subfolder that displays your e-mail.
Once you find your old e-mails, you can highlight them and drag them to their original folder, or use the 'Move to folder' dialog box (Edit | Move to folder...) to move them.
(Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 with Windows Live Mail 12.0.1606)
"There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - Shakespeare
"Ian M Reed" <ianmreed@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:11B174C7-F859-4030-A8B5-42595B583255@xxxxxx
> I searched with WLM - and found all the e-mails - though I cannot seem to
> find where they are stored. After finding them I can transfer them back to
> the Storage Folder - but I would like to know how they all were taken out of
> the storage folders - where they have gone - and can they be restored
> without having to do a 'search all e-mails'.
> I am using Windows XP
> "Michael Santovec" <michael_santovec@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Select the problem folder, then View, Current View. Make sure that ONLY
>> Show All Messages is checked.
>> How did you search for the missing messages? Was it within WLM or via
>> Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
>> "Ian M Reed" <ianmreed@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> I discovered when I looked in my storage folders that most of the
>>> messages had 'disappeared' - quite possibly after WLM had done some
>>> 'compacting'. When I did a search I found what I was looking for - but
>>> have no idea where these messages are stored (I transferred the ones I
>>> found back to the original Storage folder).
>>> Can anyone explain what has happened - if indeed this behaviour is
>>> associated with compacting - and tell me how I undo the process to
>>> restore the messages to my Storage folders.