Outlook Express is a stand-alone email application developed by Microsoft, despite a common belief that OE is a stripped down version of MS Outlook. Although the two mail clients do share the same hierarchical structure, they differ in many other respects including the way contacts are stored, and some other features. Since OE has little in common with MS Outlook, it requires a separate backup solution.
If you use OE, you might be looking for a backup solution which can help you protect the OE data easily and reliably. However, if you think that you can use the Outlook backup feature of your backup program to back up OE, you are largely mistaken. As a stand-alone application, OE requires a separate backup solution to help you protect its messages, addresses and contacts from loss and theft.
So what is the best way to back up OE? Of course, you can simply copy paste your messages and other OE information to a text file and update it manually every once in a while, however, a more sensible idea would be to use professional OE backup software.
The OE backup software must have a special preset for doing easy backup of OE with several useful features which will make backup of OE much easier for you. For example, as you add data to the backup set, you can specify exactly which OE components to copy, and which should be excluded from backup.
The OE data are added to backup automatically, and then you can specify more advanced options such as type of backup, encryption and compression, backup schedule, storage media, how many OE copies to keep and for how long.
When you have adjusted your OE backup settings, you can launch the backup task for automatic execution in a Windows service mode, so the OE backup will still run even after you log off the system. Running tasks as Windows service also allows two and more users back up their OE data on the same machine simultaneously without interfering with each other.
Another advantage of professional backup software is that it allows you to backup Outlook Express to a wide variety of storage media including a new generation of optical disks such as HD DVD and Blu-ray, external flash and hard drives, as well as remote FTP/SFTP servers.
Alexander Golishev is a copywriter for Novosoft LLC , software developer, with a great deal of expertise in data backup and recovery matters.