How to Move Emails From Outlook Express to a USB Drive

When you change computers or email clients, there's no reason to leave your old email messages behind. If you used Outlook Express, you can export those messages, save them onto a USB drive and then import them onto another computer or store them for safekeeping. In fact, regularly backing up your email messages and keeping them in a safe location such as a flash drive is prudent, especially if you store sensitive or otherwise important data in those messages.

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Move Outlook Express emails to a USB drive.
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Insert the USB drive into a USB port on your computer. Start Outlook Express.

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Click on the "File" menu and select "Export." Click on "Messages." Click "OK."

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Select "All Folders" in the "Export Messages" dialog box, or click "Selected Folders" to choose the folders containing the email messages you want to move to a USB drive. Click "OK."

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Click the "Browse" button to select the the location to save the file.

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Select "Computer" or "My Computer" in the "Look In" list on the left side of the window, then choose the USB drive in the "Computer" or "My Computer" window under "Devices with Removable Storage."

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Click "OK" and click "Next." Click "Finish." Outlook Express will move the exported emails to the USB drive.