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All e-mails from my inbox in Outlook Express have disappeared (Windows 98)

By whereismyinbox
Mar 21, 2010
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  1. Over the last few months I've been sorting through my inbox on my old Windows 98 computer...there are thousands of messages in the inbox, many of which I never read, and I figured I should go through them to see if any are important before selling or disposing of the old computer.
    However, when I opened up Outlook Express 6 on there today, my inbox was empty. Outbox and Trash were also empty. The "Sent" folder had about 700 of my old sent e-mails, though.
    So what do you think happened to all the messages in my inbox and how can I get them back?

    Some more information...I hadn't used or turned on the computer in about a month before today, and the last time I used it a month ago, my inbox was definitely still full. I didn't do anything else to my computer the last time I used it and no one else has had access to it since then. However, I think there *may* be a possibility that I tried to "Export" all my messages the last time I used it...I have some vague recollection of getting annoyed with how slow the computer was going so I decided to try and Export the e-mails to burn the exported mail file onto a CD and then sort through them with Outlook on my new computer to save time and hassle. I think I may have attempted this but it didn't work or something. I'm not really sure what happened, I just remember thinking that I'd try it another time, but I know my inbox was never empty before today. Other than my possible attempt to use the "Export" feature, I didn't do or change anything else on the computer.
     
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