Last week, I wrote about backing up your Outlook Express email folders. This week, let’s look at restoring the emails and email folders from our backup.
Whether we have managed to mess up our email files, or whether we’re just reinstalled Windows, or even to migrate the files to our new computer, we can restore our backed-up email folders to the machine. At that point, we will have all of our old emails back.
Obviously, you won’t have any emails past your last backup, so be sure to back up your email folders occasionally and especially right before switching to a new computer.
Let’s get started! First, we start Outlook Express. Once Outlook Express has opened, click on “File.”
This will open a pull-down menu, where we’ll select “Import” and then “Messages…” from the sub-menu that opens to the right.
Since we made our backup from Outlook Express 6 (see last week’s newsletter, if you haven’t made one yet), we’ll click on “Microsoft Outlook Express 6” and then the Next button.
Note that this says “Import email from an OE6 Identity.” It does not say “to an OE6 identity”. Your selection will probably be Main Identity — which will be the default in OE6. Then, click “OK.”
Just as we had to browse to find the Outlook Express email folders so we could copy them for backup, now we have to browse to find the backups that we want to import. The starting directory in the Location of Messages window is where your Outlook Express 6 on this machine stores its messages.” You need to click on Browse
Use the Browse for Folder window to go to the location where you have your email files. If you have them on a floppy drive or on a cdrom, you might need to copy them to the hard drive first. It will certainly make it faster for your computer to access the files, if you’ve copied them to your hard drive first). Be sure you click on the actual folder with the backup files in it — it will be highlighted once you have “selected” it.
The next Location of Messages window will confirm the directory that you have selected. If it is not correct, click on the Back button and select the correct directory.
Now, you get to choose one or more folders to be imported from your backup. Once you have selected either “All folders” or some of the “Selected Folders,” click on Next.
Then, Outlook Express will finish the import process.