Try formatting the flash drive as NTFS rather than FAT.
FAT can't handle the advanced NTFS file properties.
I use XCOPY in a command (batch) file with several switches to back up
emails and other files to an external drive.
For a one-time backup, you could just type the command in a command window.
Here's my method, showing only the email backup:
XCOPY "C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail" U:\Mail
(U:\Mail is my name for the backup folder on my external USB drive.)
Type XCOPY/? in a command window to see an explanation of all the switches.
I hope this helps.
"Larry" <larry328NOSPAM@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I'm trying to help a friend with Windows Vista copy her e-mail storage to
> flash drive for backup.
> I found the location of the storage folder (which is not easy, it's listed
> under Tools, Options, Advanced). I tried copying the "Local Folders"
> which is the master folder for all the e-mails, to the flash drive. It
> prompting at each e-mail (all 11,000 of them), saying "if you copy this,
> will be without the file properties. Proceed?" Copying all the e-mails
> without their file properties didn't sound like a good idea, so I stopped.
> Then I thought of exporting the e-mails instead of copying them. I
> Local Folders in the e-mail program, File, Export, browse for destination.
> But the Save As dialog that opens only opened to a subfolder of her named
> personal folder, not to Computer. It was impossible to navigate the Save
> dialog to Computer and thence to the flash drive.
> What kind of Save As dialog opens to a subfolder and refuses to let you
> navigate up the hierarchy to where you want to get to? Answer: Windows
> Can anyone help me get past these issues?