Andrei If you have not already made a search for "*.dbx" files, I would suggest that you do that first. These .dbx files will contain your OE email messages. It is safer to avoid keeping your email messages on the same physical HD as your OS. This means that they will remain safe, even if you have to do an unplanned reinstall. Salaam ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrei" <zhar_ptitza@xxxxxxxx> To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 11:52 AM Subject: [pcductape] I lost all my email Is there a way to recover email that has been deleted? This is what happened although everything seems hazy now. I was trying to save a picture that a friend sent me. I didn't notice at the time that it wasn't in the usual jpeg format. This was my friend's first time using their scanner. I went into Windows Explorer to the folder where I saved the pic to see what size it was. I can't remember what the file extension was. However, the name had a % sign in it and it wouldn't let me delete the pic. Now I can't remember clearly what happened. I may have tried again and the system hung up. I did an Alt-Ctrl-Del to do an End Task on Windows Explorer. Nothing happened for quite awhile so I pressed Reset. I did my usual selections: "Fix it", "Skip" - I don't remember the rest of the options - and brought Windows back up. Earlier I had deleted C:\Windows\Temp and C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. So when Windows came up I Opened the Recycle Bin and clicked to emptied it. What surprised me was that the items that were scrolling by were txt items with the names that were email subject headings. I had never seen this happen before. I fired up OE. All I had were the folders that you get when you first install OE: Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items and Drafts. Over 400MB of emails had disappeared. I had made a backup copy of my OE folders 6 months ago on another drive and they had disappeared as well. Please don't laugh. I am running Windows 95 on a P75 machine. I have 3 hard drives: 1.5 GB, 1.5 GB and 2.4 GB respectively. OE is version 5.5. The active OE folders were on Drive E. The folders from 6 months ago were on Drive C. I started a new OE folder on Drive C to write this plea for help. Is there any way to recover the lost emails and folders? TIA Andy PS Can someone send the full pcducttape url so I can read on the web? To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.