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Is it possible to move my emails to USB?
#1
Hello to community and thanks for this Excellent Job.
Installed and working fine on 2 computers.

I know that there is a "Store Folder" option on outlook express settings, where i can chenge the location where emails are stored.

One simple question: I need to change the store folder to a usb drive so i can take my emails from one computer to another. Should i try it?
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#2
Hello John,
Yes you can do that. You can change the store folder from oe settings and set your usb flash (or any other type of external drive).

Pros:
You can have your emails when moving from one pc to another.
You have your emails on your pocket and not on any computer (security).

Cons:
The drive will be good to be be usb3 (Fast) and your coumputers of course must support usb3. This is important, otherwise outlook express may be a bit slow when reading and sending emails (depending on usb type).
You must NEVER remove the usb drive when outlook express is running, otherwise email folders may corrupt and you may lose data.

If you decide to do that, frequent backups will be a good idea because there is always a possibility to remove your usb drive accidentally when oe is running.
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#3
Wow, that was a fast response. Thank you
I will give a try and post the results here
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#4
Thanks you John, awaiting your impressions
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#5
(05-30-2017, 11:57 PM)Rafail Wrote: Hello John,
Yes you can do that. You can change the store folder from oe settings and set your usb flash (or any other type of external drive).

Pros:
You can have your emails when moving from one pc to another.
You have your emails on your pocket and not on any computer (security).

Cons:
The drive will be good to be be usb3 (Fast) and your coumputers of course must support usb3. This is important, otherwise outlook express may be a bit slow when reading and sending emails (depending on usb type).
You must NEVER remove the usb drive when outlook express is running, otherwise email folders may corrupt and you may lose data.

If you decide to do that, frequent backups will be a good idea because there is always a possibility to remove your usb drive accidentally when oe is running.

I can only select a USB flash drive as the Storage Folder in Outlook Express 6 running on XP by editing the registry.
The relevant registry entry appears not to exsist in OE for Windows7.
Is there a fix available?
Any help appreciated, thanks.
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#6
Hello roger,
Of course you can.

You can open outlook express and go to "Tools>Options" and click on "Maintenance" Tab
Click on "Store Folder" button and then click "Change" to select the path.
   
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#7
(10-08-2017, 07:47 PM)Rafail Wrote: Hello roger,
Of course you can.

You can open outlook express and go to "Tools>Options" and click on "Maintenance" Tab
Click on "Store Folder" button and then click "Change" to select the path.

Hello Rafail
Thank you for your reply.
I am quite familiar with the select "Store Folder" procedure.
That does not work on any of my XP or Windows7 computers,
a removable drive shows up but is not selectable.
As I mentioned, you can force OE6 under XP to allow the store folder
on an external drive by editing the registry. I cannot find the relevant entries in OE6 for Windows7.
Your further help appreciated, Thanks.
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#8
I find it best to store Email and Address Book files in a separate folder. I then drag them to a Briefcase for convenient movement to and from USB drives.
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(10-10-2017, 04:33 AM)windbreaker Wrote: I find it best to store Email and Address Book files in a separate folder. I then drag them to a Briefcase for convenient movement to and from USB drives.
Hi Windbreaker, thanks for your input.

I agree, very good practice, how would you like to attempt to retrieve
your email records from a failed or corrupted default C:drive?

It get's complicated when you use more than one computer as I do unless they are all syncronised.

The solution I found as an old user of Outlook Express6 was to force the
Outlook Express Store Folder function to accept a removable disk drive which it never did by default.
Any removable drive of your choice would show up but was not selectable.

The help I found online relevant to XP was:
Run regedit.
Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Identities/Software/Microsoft/OutlookExpress/5.0, Store Root and type in the address of your device.

Works like a charm on XP, now you could transfer and update your email records to any other computer running XP with OE6 instructed to read and write to your prefered location, provided your storage device always is present and registers with the same drive letter on all machines.
That can easily be achieved by setting that device to a high drive letter under Computer Management/Disk Management, change drive letter.

RunasXP OE6 in Windows7 will also not allow an external device by default nor are the relevant editable registry entries present.
I hope Rafail is working on it and can provide a finetune for the great and commendable work done in making OE6 work on Windows7.
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#10
Guys, the registry key is:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{Identity}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0
Same as on XP (Not changed)

There is a string thre called 'Store root'. If you dont see the 'Store root' there, right click and then click 'New>String Value' and name it 'Store Root' (Without qotes)

An alternative (easier) way, is to change store folder from new tray icon menu, check page below:
https://runasxp.com/Topic-Accessing-new-...-Tray-icon
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