Outlook Express, years of lost emails and DBXpress the unattainable

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    Hello, first timer here.
    I'm in total desperation and disarray after my Outlook Express just deleted all inbox email after 31/12/2018.
    I must have happened after OE told me to compact the folders, which old forum posts say are a common cause of it.
    The .bak files were in my recycle bin just a couple days ago, but I haven't been able to retrieve them even after I tried (deep) scanning with both Recuva and Donemax Data Recovery.

    I came across lots of posts about this and a program by a Steve/Stephen L. Cochran, which sounds like it would be a help, which can bypass the file system and recover from disk. But it can't be found anywhere!
    Does anyone have DBXpress.exe? The program is no longer oehelp.com, which seems to have been changed into some entirely different site.
    Hope some other vintage enthusiasts out there has some idea.
    Best regards
     
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    Sorry, I didn't receive any email notice. Many thanks for the reply, red.

    I tried downloading from all those software/share sites. Software.informer, solvusoft, and whatnot. They all point to the oehelp site that doesn't contain anything :(.
    And I just tried searching on archive.org, nothing found :(

    Long live XP!:)
     
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    Outlook Express had been working really well for me UNTIL one day I was persuaded to try IMAP which seemed fine to begin with. Then I noticed that lots of messages in some mailboxes had disappeared.

    The mailboxes are arranged in alphabetical order. The lost ones are at the very bottom. The mailbox names are still there but empty. When I went to the DBX directory, the DBX files are still there, the lost ones have been renamed with a number in brackets. I believe that using a DBX viewer can still view those messages. Unfortunately I was unable to install a DBX viewer (needed something else I think a later version of dot NET Framework). So since it wasn't urgent, I thought maybe a project for another day. I wished I had never tried IMAP.

    I know OE on XP has a limit of 2GB in the DBX directory (or is it Microsoft Outlook?). Perhaps IMAP has an even low limit. Or perhaps my OE had reached 2GB without me noticing.

    Since OE has a size limit, perhaps getting a DBX viewer is a better option for very old (archived) messages. Does anyone know of a good DBX viewer that can run on dot NET framework 3.5 ?
     
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    Sounds horrendous.
    In my case, all of my .DBX files and email folders themselves were still there, but all the latest email after 31/12/18 within the inbox were gone, after OE compressed.
    The only kind of tool I've read being able to retrieve this loss was DBXpress, from what I could read, but can't download it anywhere. So I was hoping some other vintage user might have it.

    I wonder, if a DBX viewer should be able to find deleted emails, they should also be possible to find via usual DBX extraction tools. Sounds like in that case the email would just be hidden, not deleted.
     
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    If the messages have not been permanently deleted already, you should still be able to view them using a DBX viewer.

    The current folder path is displayed in OE: Tools> Options...> Maintenance> Store Folder>
    Try using DBX viewer to display Deleted Items.dbx and Deleted Items(1).dbx if exists.

    Having said that, I can't imagine OE compress means OE delete. It's such a shame as OE is a good email tool. Losing messages without a good reason is disappointing.
     
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