Even if you use Outlook Express for email every day, you may not know what a .DBX file is. If that describes you, it can be frustrating to experience Outlook Express issues caused by a file you never even knew existed. We’ll walk you through how to repair Outlook Express files using simple recovery and repair strategies.
What is a .DBX File?
.DBX files store email messages for a specific mailbox in Outlook Express. The file itself is created automatically by Outlook. By default, they’re stored in the “Documents and Settings” user directory, but if you want to, you can copy and move them into another folder as a way to back up your email messages.
The .DBX files on your computer are named according to the email inbox they’re assigned to. So you’ll have several .DBX folder corresponding to your folders, such as “Inbox.dbx”, “Drafts.dbx”, “Sent Items.dbx”, etc.
.DBX File Care
It’s crucial to remember that you should only ever open a .DBX file by opening the email folder in Outlook Express, or using another program specifically designed to open .DBX files. If you open a file manually from the file explorer, or if any manual changes are made, you risk ruining the file. This can cause you to lose your data, corrupt your file, and potentially not be able to access your email folders anymore.
A Note About Outlook Express
Since Outlook Express is a discontinued program, it doesn’t have the same support and update schedule as modern Outlook. This means you may be more likely to run into issues with files getting broken or becoming corrupted. The Microsoft website has an add-on designed to help you move your inbox to modern Outlook to avoid these issues. But if you’re already having problems with the .DBX files in your Outlook Express account or are committed to sticking with Outlook Express for some reason, you’ll still want to fix your .DBX file issues.
Repairing .DBX Files for Outlook Express Files
There are plenty of Outlook Express repair tools available online. If your .DBX file has been corrupted or isn’t working properly, consider using a tool such as the Outlook Express Repair Toolbox, Outlook Express Mail Recovery, Outlook Express Mail Recovery Toolbox, or the Outlook Express Online Repair Kit to salvage your .DBX files. Each of these tools has their own instructions, so be sure to read and follow them carefully to make sure the remedies work properly. You’ll have your .DBX files back up and running in no time.
Keep in mind that because Outlook Express is a discontinued program, you’re likely to continue facing issues with it. After you repair your corrupted .DBX files, we recommend switching to another email service that receives regular updates. This can help avoid problems with corruption, files suddenly breaking, or losing your valuable email inbox information. Part of managing your email systems successfully is staying up-to-date on what service you’re using to do business.