Paula, I'm glad you were able to get some stuff back. Bill -----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paula Waby Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 6:02 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] compacting mailboxes Hi Everyone Welcome to anyone new who has joined the list. I'm playing catch up after my computer had to go away for a week. This is just an update on the compacting mailboxes saga because a couple of you gave me suggestions. In the end I managed to find a very patient person (a neighbour of my parents) who runs his own business as an information technologist. He did all sorts of things with the computer. He recovered a whole lot of stuff but most of it had been deleted and some of my current important stuff has not come back. Some files have though which is wonderful. Now I have to go through a few thousand possibly corrupted messages to make sure there's nothing I want. What I have learned and will pass on to anyone using Outlook Express is, if your mailboxes start compacting don't touch a thing. Let it run through the process and you'll be fine. Panicking and turning off the computer is NOT the solution as I discovered. Cheers Paula.