undbx

Tool to extract, recover and undelete e-mail messages from Outlook Express .dbx files.

NORMAL OPERATION

Run the following command in a command-line window, to extract e-mail messages from all the .dbx files in <DBX-FOLDER> to corresponding sub-folders in <OUTPUT-FOLDER>:

You may also specify a single .dbx file to extract, instead of a folder.

If the destination folder is omitted, the .dbx files will be extracted to sub-folders in the current working folder.

RECOVERY MODE

In recovery mode, UnDBX attempts to recover e-mail messages from corrupted .dbx files:

 

Again, you may omit the output folder, and you may specify a single .dbx file, instead of an input folder.

During the recovery process UnDBX scans the .dbx file for e-mail message fragments, and collects them into .eml files. Recovery can take a long while to complete, so please be patient.

In recovery mode UnDBX always extracts all the messages it can find, instead of extracting only those messages that have not been extracted yet.

Keep in mind that recovered messages may be corrupted.

DELETED MESSAGES

Deleted messages are normally stored by Outlook Express in a special folder (e.g. “Deleted Items”), and can thus be restored by extracting them from the corresponding .dbx file.

Most of the contents of deleted messages still exists in the original .dbx file, as long it has not been compacted or otherwise modified.

In recovery mode, UnDBX attempts to undelete any deleted message fragment it can find.

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1 comment

  1. William Story March 15, 2016 at 01:44 Reply

    Thanks for your effort and work on this. I extracted some mail from OE Express and can see them and view them in Thunderbird, but when I go to print the email it shows a blank page with about at the top.

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