Repair DBX File Manually – Outlook Express Recovery

repair DBX fileDo you have corrupt DBX file? Do you want to repair DBX file? Though MS Outlook is the most popular email client among Windows users, some people are still using the old email client, Outlook Express. Like Outlook users, you can also face corruption if you’re using Outlook Express. DBX folders which store mailbox data are prone to corruption. Due to a number of reasons,  corruption may occur and you may lose your crucial emails.

If you’re a computer user and using email service regularly, you must have heard about Outlook Express. It’s a basic email program, or also known as an email client, developed by Microsoft. It’s very popular among Windows users for mailing purpose. It comes as a freeware and allows users to send and receive email messages. You just need to configure at least one email account of POP3 (Post Office Protocol) or IMAP (Internet Messaging Access Protocol).

How to Repair DBX File Manually?

Sometimes you may face corruption in your Outlook Express DBX file. The chances for corruption are fairly high in Outlook Express DBX file if their size goes beyond the limitation of 2 GB. Your DBX file may become inaccessible due to corruption, and you can’t access or use them anymore. The corruption might be severe in some cases, hence Outlook Express fails to handle it. At that moment, your Outlook Express starts behaving abnormally or hanging most of the time while opening or accessing the DBX file. This could be a critical issue but can be resolved by using a simple manual trick. Before you can repair DBX file, you should locate the corrupt DBX file first. You need to start the Registry Editor to find the location where Outlook Express stores its DBX file.

Follow the steps given below to know how to do this:

  • Press Win+R to open the Run window.
  • Type regedit into it and press enter.
  • This will open the Registry Editor window on your system. In the left-hand side pane, expand the folders in this manner:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Identities > XYZ > Software > Microsoft > Outlook Express > 5.0

  • Now in the right-hand side pane, locate the Store Root settings from the list and double-click it.
  • The path will be shown where Outlook Express stores its files. Copy the full path from there.

Second Step

Once you have copied the path, you need to move the mailbox file(s). Follow the steps given below to know how to do this:

  • First of all, close the Outlook Express program if it’s opened.
  • Now paste the path (copied earlier) to your Windows directory and press Enter.
  • You can copy or move all the files from this location to a new location. After that, delete all the files from the original location if you have copied them.

In the third step, you need to import the DBX files into Outlook Express. It’s easy for Outlook Express to import the file(s) without causing any trouble.

Follow the steps given below to know how to do this: 

Step 1: Launch Outlook Express on your system.

Outlook Express Import

Click File menu > Import > Messages…

Step 2: On the Outlook Express Import window, select the Outlook Express version in the list from which you want to import the emails.

Outlook Express Import

If you’re unsure about that, you can select Microsoft Outlook Express 6. Click Next.

Step 3: Now click Browse to select the directory where the files are saved. This is the very same directory in which you have moved the files from original location earlier. Click Next.

Step 4: Select the items you want to import. For example, you can import All folders or the Selected folders. Click Next.

Now start your Outlook Express and check your mailbox folders again.

Outlook Express users might also be interested in DBX to PST Conversion – Migrate Outlook Express to Outlook

Important note

While using Registry Editor, make sure you don’t make any changes to it, i.e. keep it intact. If you make any changes or modification to the Registry Editor, it may generate unwanted results.

As this is a manual trick, it may consume your enough time. Also, it may not that effective in the cases of severe corruption. Now the question that comes here is how to repair DBX file. Luckily, you can try one more thing for Outlook Express recovery. There are many vendors in the market which provide DBX recovery tool for free evaluation.

DBX Recovery tool provided by SysInfoTools Software can successfully fix corrupt DBX file created by any version of Microsoft Outlook Express. handle the high-level of corruption in Outlook Express DBX files. It can scan corrupt DBX files of any size and recover crucial emails from them. Additionally, it supports the recovery of deleted emails from normal as well as corrupted DBX files. It saves all the recovered data into five different file formats: DBX, EML, PST, MSG, and RTF. This tool supports all popular versions of Outlook Express. To know more about this DBX Recovery software, please visit SysInfoTools Software’ website and download the free demo version of this software.

Outlook users can also read this Repair PST File by using Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe)

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