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How to restore Windows Live Mail messages from a local hard drive

  1. Download and install Windows Live Mail Recovery Tool.

  2. Scan hard drive.

    Start the program and click the "Scan the entire disk" tab in the upper-left corner of the program to switch to the corresponding mode. Select the logical volume or physical drive where your emails were stored. As a rule, it is the logical volume "C:". Click the "Find and recover lost emails/contacts" button to start scanning.

    The program will scan the selected volume or drive. The time it takes depends on the size of the volume (or drive) and the performance of the computer and may take several hours. After the scan is over, the program will show the list of all found emails.

    You can sort the list of messages by the date or by the From, To, Subject fields. To do it, click the corresponding column in the list of messages.

  3. Save the recovered emails.

    Then you should save the recovered emails to the hard drive. Each message will be saved as a separate file with the EML extension. EML files can be easily imported into any mail client. We strongly recommend that you save the emails to a drive different from the scanned one, otherwise not all emails will be saved!

    Select the messages you want to save in the list. You can select all emails at once (press Ctrl+A for that) or only some of them. Or you can use the Message Filter to select messages. Click the "Filter messages" toolbar button to open the dialog box for filtering emails.

    After you select the messages you want to save to the hard drive, click the "Save recovered emails/contacts" toolbar button. The "Select Output Folder" dialog box will appear. Specify the folder on the hard drive you want to save the recovered messages to. You can also make the program save EML files under different names. If the "Rename *.eml files" checkbox is selected, the files will be renamed according to your choice. Otherwise the EML files will have such names as msg00000.eml, msg00001.eml, etc. Click the "Save" button to save the recovered messages to the hard drive

  4. Import saved emails back to Windows Live Mail folders.

    To import recovered EML files back to a Windows Live Mail folder, just drag them from the Windows Explorer folder to the Windows Live Mail folder.