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RecoveryFix for Outlook Express

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder RecoveryFix for Outlook Express

It doesn't get much simpler when it comes to recovering e-mail from corrupt Outlook Express databases (.dbx or .mbx) that RecoveryFix for Outlook Express. Point the program at the corrupted file and after a brief scan, it presents you with a list of e-mails it can recover, then the option to recover them to individual .eml files or wholesale in a .dbx file. It also allows you to recover only e-mails that you're missing, skip deleted e-mails, or restore only the e-mails you select.

Unfortunately, RecoveryFix fell a bit short of the competition when it came to the actual recovery process. To test the program, I deliberately damaged some .dbx files to various using Ma?l H?rz's HxD hex editor--just the file header in one and both the header and one message in another. RecoveryFix recovered only 74 of a possible 77/76 recoverable messages from the two files and for some reason, didn't fill the From: field in its display.

Though the price is tempting and the program easy to use, I have a hard time recommending RecoveryFix for Outlook Express simply because it didn't recover everything in my rather mild series of tests. Personally, I rely on Advanced Outlook Express Repair, with its nice combination of price and performance.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder RecoveryFix for Outlook Express

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