Jun 03 2013

Repair Outlook Express 2Gb DBX file

Even if we are still in 2013, some people still use Outlook Express (usually v.6 with Windows XP).The main problem of it, it’s the 2GB size limit for Inbox or Sent messages.

The error received is 0x800c0133 when trying to Send / Receive email. Also your INBOX may seem to be empty.

Outlook Express stores its messages in DBX files. To locate theese files you need to go in Outlook Express in : Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder.

Locate the .dbx files and check if any of them has reached 2GB in size. If it’s not the case, this means one of the files may be damaged.

If you don’t care about the messages, you can rename the corresponding file. (If INBOX is empty rename inbox.dbx to something else, if Sent is empty rename sent.dbx to something else, and so on).

Close Outlook Express.

First thing to do is check for .bak files located in the same folder. They may be hidden, so be sure to check the “Show hidden files and folders” in Windows. If the INBOX seems empty, then rename inbox.dbx to something else, then rename the inbox.bak file to inbox.dbx.

Try to Open Outlook Express. If it’s still not working then you need to use a .DBX repair tool.

I recommend UnDBX – a free utility. This program can read a DBX file and export the messages as EML files. Thees files can then be imported in other email programs like Mozilla Thunderbird (by drag and drop).

It also has a “recovery checkbox” that can be used with damaged DBX files.

The program can be downloaded from Evilbox : undbx-0.20

Oter (paid) alternatives are : Repair Tool for Outlook Express or DBXpress.


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  1. tomaurthor

    RecoveryFix for Outlook Express Recovery software is uniquely designed to deal with damaged, corrupted or inaccessible emailbox files and after recovering the files, The provides two saving options to save in DBX or save in EML file format. Its Supports all version of Microsoft Outlook Express. http://www.emailrecovery.in/outlook-express-recovery

  2. gigi

    You can also use AOER (Advanced Outlook Express Recovery). I have used it with great results… Never failed.

  3. Andrew

    To Repair DBX Files , try Kernel for Outlook Express Recovery is superb utility to repair & restore corrupt DBX files effectively. Software successfully repair emails such as attachments, images, unicode characters, email properties, permanently deleted emails from outlook express.

  4. Emily Olson

    We have professional suggestion according your troubles. If your Microsoft Outlook Express is not working correctly, that means your Email Client has been crashed. So, at that time you need “Outlook Express Restore” tool, which restore/repair Outlook Express DBX files in proper way.

  5. daspeac

    You can also repair Outlook Express with Outlook Express Repair Toolbox application: http://www.outlookexpress.repairtoolbox.com

  6. Jerome Bettis

    Repairing Outlook 2GB DBX file is not a big deal for you. But it is achieved by means of Recover Outlook Express (DBX) tool on all Windows servers.

  7. Michael - S

    Great program. Thanks a lot…..

  8. ChadCopel

    An end-to-end Microsoft Outlook Express inbox.dbx repair tool for users of all skill levels and all degrees of file corruption. The product is an absolute must-have for any professional or regular user looking to find out how to repair DBX file in Outlook Express on their own shortly after a data corruption accident.
    For more information:http://www.dbx.repair/

    and: http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/outlook/346-how-to-repair-damaged-dbx-file-of-outlook-express

  9. manuelmaquesgomes

    O ícone do altifalante está com uma cruz vermehla e não funciona.

  10. Bilal

    restore my inbox from express

  11. Geraldo M

    There is an online version of undbx at this website with all (sensible) the options of the command line version–the HTA has only one.

  12. JasonBates

    I am using Outlook Express since last nine years but time is now over. I always face annoying circumstances like slow ‘send/receive’, interruption, missing emails and lost contacts. So, I am going to migrate from Outlook Express 6.0 to Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 PC.

    For this, I have decided to use Stellar DBX to PST Converter.

  13. getintopcpw

    Stellar DBX to PST Converter is an application which uses for converting your DBX and WAB files to PST files with just a few simple steps

  14. Paul

    You can download free DBX Recovery Tool to get back emails, messages, contacts, calendars, appointments, notes, attachments, links, etc. from corrupt .dbx file created by any version of OE. To view free software visit: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/DBX-Repair-Tool-to-Repair-08a9da61

  15. Eric


  16. Phillcalls

    Download Outlook Express DBX Recovery Tool to recover corrupt or inaccessible DBX email file with all properties, such as subject, to, from, cc, bcc, date, etc. created by any version of OE. Using this tool user can save corrupt DBX file in EML, DBX, MSG, RTF, and in PST format after recovery process.

    If interested then visit: https://bit.ly/2ti3m9u

  17. Nancy

    Hello, im using kernel for Outlook Express to recovery a 2Gg folder, it’s takign almost 10 huors, it is nrmal?

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