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Recovering a Microsoft Outlook 2003 deleted mailbox

Expert Patricia Guerrero explains several ways to recover a deleted Inbox in Microsoft Outlook 2003.

How can I get back my old Inbox after deleting it from Microsoft Outlook 2003?
If Exchange Recover Deleted Items is enabled on your server, you may be able to recover your deleted items by selecting Deleted Items, going to Tools and then Deleted Items Recovery. If it is not enabled, it will be grayed out.

Another way to recover items is by using the Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool. You will need to ask your administrator...

to back up your mailbox to a .PST file and then run the scanpst.exe utility against the .PST file. There is also third-party software, such as 'Recover My Mail,' that may be worth a try.

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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Tip: Restoring a deleted Exchange Server mailbox
  • Reference Center: Microsoft Outlook tips and resources
  • Reference Center: Microsoft Exchange backup and recovery resources
  • This was last published in August 2005

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