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    Outlook Express Address Book gone AWOL

    Hi there,

    I've recently upgraded my PC but have kept the HD from my old one and transferred it to my new computer.

    Now I've got the O/S in my new PC on a new, separate HD with the old O/S still on the other HD (so the Windows files are still there but not used since it now boots using the O/S on the new HD).

    Still with me? Good.

    Anyway, all my contacts in the Outlook Express address book are still somewhere on my old HD, but I want to transfer them over to my new HD so that Outlook Express can actually use them.

    So my question is: where in the Windows dir. does Outlook keep its addresses? And can I transfer them from my old OS to my new OS so that Outlook can read them?

    Thanks in advance.

    -Rob

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    http://email.about.com/cs/oetipstricks/a/et112502.htm

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    You could also look for *.wab. That should have all your addresses in it.

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    Originally posted by EvilRick
    You could also look for *.wab. That should have all your addresses in it.
    I think it only create a .wab file if you export your address book though.

    I didn't do this before I switched hard drives, so doing a search for *.wab files doesn't return any results, since it seems the contacts aren't currently stored as .wab.

    They must be something else - I just can't find out what!

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    I had a similar problem a few years ago. I am trying to think how I got round it...


    OK. got it (i think).

    Temporarily swap hdds and boot into your old version of windows on the old drive. Go to Outlook Express and save your contacts. now create a new email and drag from your inbox/outbox etc into the new email. This will attach them to the email.

    Once done, save the email as something you will remember like oldinbox.eml, oldoutbox.eml etc.

    Swapp hdds back again, boot into your new version of windows on your new drive and load them up. To retrieve the contents of the old inbox etc, simply drag them from the attached files list into the corresponding folder.

    Hope that helps...

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