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Outlook Express Problems, including folder corruption, can manifest in several ways. I've found a good article on Outlook Express folder corruption, and steps to take to avoid, and recover from it.
I use Outlook Express and all of a sudden all sorts of odd things are happening. A bunch of my email disappeared, my sent mail isn't being saved to the sent folder, more. I think my folders have become corrupt. What should I do?
I'm not going to answer your question.
Instead, I'm going to point you at someone else who's already written a very thorough article on the causes of, and solutions to, folder corruption in Outlook Express.
The Other E-Mail Threat: File Corruption in Outlook Express is an article on microsoft.com by Tom Koch that goes into a fair amount of detail discussing Outlook Express folders, folder corruption and what you should, and should not, be doing.
Of particular note is the fact that the cause of most corruption in OE is the first email threat: viruses. Not the viruses themselves, but rather the anti-virus software that we all use to prevent viruses from spreading. Yes, if not configured properly, anti-virus software can cause your Outlook Express folders to become corrupt.
One thing that you'll want to pay attention to, well before you have any problem, is this phrase from the article; one of the steps in recovering from corruption:
Copy the latest backup of the DBX file from your backup media into the Store Folder.
You do perform regular backups of your computer, don't you? Backups that include your mail folders? If not, start now before you have a problem.
In fact, backing up is step #9 in the article's Ten Steps of Prevention:
9. Backup your entire Store Folder on a regular basis.
Armed with a good backup strategy in place, Tom's article will help recover many forms of Outlook Express folder corruption.
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