How to repair a corrupt Outlook Express 6 DBX file? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have DBX File has become corrupt due to some reason. I am not able to send/recieve any message in Outlook EXpress 6.

    Would anyone suggest me any free/paid software from which I can Repair Outlook Express Dbx files?
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:04 PM


  • DBX Repair Kit may be an option, but it isn't free and results cannot be guarranteed.

    I have purchased the program, but it has come up empty on a few .dbx files that I have tried to restore after being corrupted.

    The best safeguard of course, is to create a backup of the Outlook Express Message Store.

    There is an effective manual solution that can repair corrupt DBX files.
    Rename the Folder.dbx file.
    Click on Start, point to Find, and then click on Files or Folders.
    In the Named box, type Folder.dbx.
    In the Look In box, click your primary hard disk (usually drive C), and then click on Find Now.Right-click on the Folder.dbx file, and then click on Rename.
    Type Folders.old, and then click on OK.
    Now start Outlook Express. This creates a new Folders.dbx file automatically.

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    • Marked as answer by edwardtylers Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:48 PM
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:52 PM

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  • Here you can see manual video with instruction and online service where you upload corrupt dbx file:
    Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:26 AM
  • Please follow these specific steps and this should repair your issue.
    Step 1: Save your existing e-mail
    Launch Outlook Express.
    Create a new folder under Local Folder:
    Right-click Local Folder (in the left bar)
    Select New Folder
    Type the name of the new folder (e.g. Saved E-Mails)
    Click OK
    Click Inbox.
    Select all your messages and move them into the new folder (e.g. Saved E-Mails).
    Quit Outlook Express.
    Once this has been done, we need to make sure we can have access to the inbox.dbx file. So now follow these steps.
    Step 2: Show hidden files
    Right-click the Start button and select Explore to open Windows Explorer or click Start and select My Computer.
    Click the Tools menu and select Folder Options.
    Click the View tab.
    Select Show all hidden files and folders.
    Click OK
    Next we are going to find the file so we can delete it. Outlook express will later recreate it.
    Step 3: Search for ".dbx" files
    1. Click Start and select Search.
    2. Click All files and folders on the right.
    3. Click Advanced options, then click More advanced options.
    4. Make sure that Search hidden files and folders is selected.
    5.In the box labelled All or part of the document name, type *.dbx.
    6.Click Search.
    Now once you finsih the search, the file inbox.dbx should come up in your search results. select the file and press delete.
    Once you have done this, you can go back into Outlook Express and it should have fixed the issue.
    Monday, October 20, 2014 2:14 PM