Email deleted without a trace -- call schools?

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May 29, 2003
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My computer decided to crash on me tonight--unfortunately, this was JUST after I opened Outlook Express and my email came in. I saw a mail go into my "med school" folder (I keep a separate address, and school's email address can be unreliable sometimes) but before I got a chance to open up that folder, my computer crashed. I rebooted and reopened Outlook, but with the crash, that email and several other unopened emails are gone without a trace, and I have no idea what that email was about or even which school it would have been from....what should I do??? The only thing I can think of is to call schools but I can't imagine a suave way of saying, "hey, do you happen to know if someone from your office sent me anything between friday night and now????" Any computer/OE-savvy people have any ideas for recovery, or could I go ahead with the calling the schools? :confused:

I believe there is an emoticon to express my feelings towards my computer (and also myself for not setting OE to leave messages on the server so I could just check via webmail!!!) right now....ah, yes, here it is: +pissed+

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That's a bit of an unfortunate problem. I don't use outlook express anymore for that very same problem. The only thing I could think of would have been checking your server directly, but that's not possible anymore if you didn't check the setting to leave the messages on the server after transferring.

The best solution I can think of right now is for you to google a couple of key search words, ie. outlook express recovery. I am pretty sure you will find something. I checked out a few links, and it seems as though the programs can extract your e-mails from the .dbx files that are stored on your hard drive. Good luck with fixing this.

P.S. I don't recommend calling 20+ schools to ask them that. Worst comes to worst, do it, but it's going to look fairly strange, IMHO.