How to convert an old Outlook Express 4 mail archive for Mac OS X?
January 2, 2010 8:31 PM Subscribe
I found an archive of old mail I got in the late 90's using Outlook Express 4 (OE4). The files are in .mbx format, not in .dbx (and certainly not in standard mbox). Opening the files in an hex editor allows me to view the content of those mailboxes. Is there anyway to convert that mail archive into something more usable for Mac OS X (or Linux)?
posted by remi to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The .mbx, .idx, and folders.nch files are there. There are 145 mailboxes, including the inbox, outbox, sent items, drafts, and trash. I tried converting the messages using various software and tools. There's no luck using anything on Mac OS X, so I'm running Windows XP in a virtual machine in Parallels.
Trying to import them in the pre-installed Outlook Express 6 (OE6) on Windows XP tells me that "No messages can be found in this folder [...]," despite no file is set to read-only. Trying to import them in Eudora recreates the folder structure, but crashes when trying to import the messages. After restarting Eudora, the folders are still there, but they are all empty. Thunderbird gave me a similar result, without crashing. I also tried to trick OE6 into converting OE4 .mbx files that I copied in the application data directory into the newer .dbx format, but OE6 just ignores them.
Is there any way I can convert those messages? It's not important to have the messages -- it's only for nostalgia -- but it'd be nice to have them. Preferably a way that doesn't cost anything, if possible.
Thanks in advance and a Happy New Gregorian Year to all!