Recovering important email files on client based systems

Often people write to us and ask questions about email recovery. Invariably, these questions fall into two categories. The first and most common question asks us how to recover accidentally deleted emails lost on free web based email services such as Yahoo or AOL. To be honest this type of mail recovery is extremely difficult. When you delete emails using a web based service, those messages are placed temporarily into a recycle bin or trash container. There is a set limit of time that these will remain there before being permanently deleted, however, if you look in the trash file quickly enough you will be allowed to restore any recently deleted emails.

Barring this, emails that have been opened recently on your computer’s desktop can sometimes be recovered by using a data recovery tool and searching through the temp file folders. Emails received and sent through popular e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express can easily be recovered by using software programs developed exactly for this purpose. Such programs will find the appropriate file type associated with your e-mail clients such as a PST or DBX file and reconstruct for recovery all of the messages sent using this format.