email backup made easy

Daily Backup - Software to backup emails?

It sounds easy: Once you know the folder, your email client uses to store the emails into, just schedule Daily Backup to backup the email data. E.g. for the following clients:

  • outlook 2000
    Outlook 2000 uses personal folder file (suffix .pst / PST) to store its data. It contains inbox, calendar, and contacts. The normal path is C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. If this doesn't work just search for *.pst in the Windows explore. In addition to pst files you could also save all other files in this directory.
  • outlook express
    Outlook express stores your email, newsletter and contact information in a single folder. In this folder are database files (*.dbx). To locate this folder start outlook express, open the message tag, select "options ...", store folder, and then you see the location of your folder.
  • the bat!
    The Bat! store all email and setup below the mail directory. You'll get the location by selecting Options/Preferences and then goto to system.

But you can't backup a file while there is one writing to it!

That's the problem when using a general purpose backup utility like Daily Backup to backup email data. The email client is always up, and modifies the data files.

But there is special software for the outlook express client, it doesn't backup the file but asks the outlook express software for the data. This is a far more secure way to backup the right data!.

See bar on the right side.

123 Outlook backup

an easy-to-use synchronization and backup tool for the popular Outlook Express mail client.

Support for Outlook Express 5.0, 5.01, 5.5, and 6.0

Prices in US$

Personal Edition$29.95
Team Edition$59.95
Enterprice Edition$120

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Allows you to backup and restore:

  • Email and news accounts & messages(Password-protected!);
  • Messages and folders structure;
  • Windows address book;
  • Message rules;
  • Blocked senders list;
  • Signatures(Including external files).


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The way it works

You specify the directories Daily Backup should backup into zip archives. You can set filters to handle only certain file types, or to confine the backup to certain filetypes only. Then it watches the operating system, and marks a directory as "ready for backup" on each file creation or modification.

You specify when to start an incremental backup on a marked directory:

  • as soon as a change occurs
  • when the screensaver is running (not available on win95 or winNT)
  • every timespan
  • on shutdown
  • at a fixed time

You schedule a complete backup when:

  • daily
  • weekly
  • monthly

You can also start a complete backup manually.

Daily Backup creates the zip archives in archive directories. You can setup as many archive directories as you need.

These archive directories should reside on a 2nd hard drive, on a network drive, or a USB micro hard drive.

You can use it as a date based version system

With time you get dated versions of your important files. In case you need to step back in time you can do so:

The restore dialog shows you all the saved files in a single table, and you can restore:

  • all directories with just a click.
  • the version of a single directory up to a single day only.
  • a single version of single file only.

Of course it asks your permission to overwrite any file before restoring, and you can select a different directory to store the retrieved file(s).

In case of a disaster, when you only have the archive directories, you can restore the files with any Daily Backup installation. Just select the archive directory in the restoration dialog.