Hi Everyone This is a desperation question. Does anyone know how to get back files unintentionally eaten during mailbox compacting? I'm using Outlook Express. It ate my files once before and I was under the mistaken belief that I had turned off the question to ever compact them again. Obviously I hadn't and now all my files are gone. I have many irreplaceable files stored in my OE folders and I am not at all happy. If anyone can please tell me if there are any programmes I can run to try and get them back that would be wonderful and I'll be your friend forever. Secondly, does anyone know where I go to turn off the horrid feature so it doesn't happen again? I didn't knowingly say yes to the suggestion it might compact my mailboxes, but obviously the question popped up and I unknowingly hit enter to accept. Nasty thing! Cheers Paula.