Restore Outlook Express DBX File

“Outlook Express program installed on my PC was working fine till yesterday where all of a sudden it didn’t allow me to delete an email from inbox. In an attempt to fix issue with my DBX file, I created a far worse problem by mistakenly deleting the inbox.dbx file. My entire emails from inbox folder are gone, now I am looking for a way to retrieve inbox DBX file. Can anyone tell me how to recover inbox.dbx file from my Outlook Express?”

Most people encounter problems similar to the above mentioned one and end up losing their crucial emails from DBX file. However, luckily it is possible to retrieve such deleted DBX files from Outlook Express account with the help of competent email file recovery tool available on the internet. You will get full details about recovering missing or erased DBX files from Outlook Express in this page, but before proceeding to the details of DBX file recovery procedure, let us know what a DBX file is and the possible reasons behind DBX file loss.

What are DBX files?

DBX is a file format used by Microsoft Outlook Express application to store important data in its mailboxes. That is each email folder including Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, etc are saved as separate DBX file in Outlook Express. All DBX files have their own file name with extension .dbx, such as inbox.dbx, sent.dbx, drafts.dbx and so on. DBX files are very reliable and contain essential emails, journals, contacts, attachments and Outlook elements. However even DBX mailboxes are not free from problems like file loss and corruption. There are numerous reasons due to which your DBX files gets deleted or lost and some of the prominent ones are listed below:

  • Electro static power surge while using Microsoft Outlook Express application
  • Virus infection on DBX file resulting in file corruption and eventually resulting in file loss
  • Accidentally deleting your DBX file using Shift + Delete key combination
  • Formatting the hard disk drive which had your DBX file by mistake
  • Interruption while copying or moving your DBX file
  • Microsoft Outlook Express application failure

Outlook DBX File Recovery

Don’t think that you cannot restore deleted DBX files once they are lost or deleted form system hard disk. As stated earlier lost DBX files can be restored back using efficient file recovery program such as Yodot File Recovery. This tool is the best file recovery application on which you can rely to restore Outlook Express DBX files irrespective of the reason how they are lost or deleted. The software has the capability to retrieve DBX file from desktop or laptop hard drive running on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and 2008 operating systems. Moreover, this software restores Microsoft Outlook PST file along with other documents formats such as PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, MDB, TXT, XLS, XLSX, PDF, JAR, ZIP etc from various storage media on Windows OS.

Steps to retrieve DBX file:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery and install the software to your Windows computer (Although not to your C drive, where DBX file is to be retrieved from)
  • Open the application and follow the main screen procedure
  • Use  “Delete File Recovery” option to rescue your deleted DBX files or use “Lost File Recovery” option to rescue your lost DBX files
  • Choose the drive / partition from where DBX file is to be recovered
  • View the recovered data in 2 different views i.e. “Data view” and “File type view”
  • Click on “Data View” tab to display recovered files in hierarchal format or click on “File Type View” tab to see retrieved files based on file extension format
  • Choose the desired DBX which you want to recover and click "Next" button
  • And finally save those rescued DBX files to your desired location or drive

Things to Remember:

  • Avoid closing or terminating your Microsoft Outlook Express application improperly
  • Cross check twice before deleting or removing DBX files
  • Regularly backup your important DBX files to be in asafer side in the event of file loss or deletion

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