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Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

Brink

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#2
i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the mail
stored? and can i retrieve it?
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snupy
Hi Snupy,

If you reinstalled Vista, then your email will be permantently gone if you did a clean install without a backup or a copy left on the email server.

Scroll down a bit in this tutorial to the "How to Backup and Reset Windows Mail" section to see where Windows Mail keeps the emails stored at.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/62560-windows-mail-problems.html

Shawn.
 

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#3
If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still
be there.
C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail

Did you do a backup?


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"Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

> i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
> mail
> stored? and can i retrieve it?
> --
> snupy
 

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Snupy

#4
i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to get
them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
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snupy


"Dave" wrote:

> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still
> be there.
> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
>
> Did you do a backup?
>
>
> --
> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
>
> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

> > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
> > mail
> > stored? and can i retrieve it?
> > --
> > snupy
>
>
 

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Gary VanderMolen

#5
Instead of C:\Users\... look for C:\Windows.old\Users\...

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Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (WLMail)

"Dave" <dave@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:##FrKE#WIHA.6140@xxxxxx

> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still be there.
> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
>
> Did you do a backup?
>
>
> --
> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
>
> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

>> i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the mail
>> stored? and can i retrieve it?
>> --
>> snupy
 

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"Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> 写入消æ¯
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>i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
>mail
> stored? and can i retrieve it?
> --
> snupy
 

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#7
That file is only the index file. The email messages are stored in .eml
files.
I believe there are also folder files. They are all normally hidden files.

I'm not familiar with the method of getting them back into Windows Mail,
but I'd try by clicking File, then Import, then Messages.

"Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:CE94562E-1822-4350-A35A-E0E886A37F8F@xxxxxx

>i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to
>get
> them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
> --
> snupy
>
>
> "Dave" wrote:
>

>> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
>> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may
>> still
>> be there.
>> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
>>
>> Did you do a backup?
>>
>>
>> --
>> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
>>
>> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

>> > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
>> > mail
>> > stored? and can i retrieve it?
>> > --
>> > snupy
>>
>>
 

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#8
That's just the database that keeps track of the messages..
The messages are .eml files..


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http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview

"Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:CE94562E-1822-4350-A35A-E0E886A37F8F@xxxxxx

> i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to
> get
> them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
> --
> snupy
>
>
> "Dave" wrote:
>

>> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
>> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may
>> still
>> be there.
>> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
>>
>> Did you do a backup?
>>
>>
>> --
>> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
>>
>> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

>> > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
>> > mail
>> > stored? and can i retrieve it?
>> > --
>> > snupy
>>
>>
 

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