Error Importing DBX Folders ‘The specified message store could not be opened

The Outlook Express email store is a sensitive database system and is prone to several corruption factors. Interaction with third-party data security tools (such as antispam, antivirus etc.), background compaction and incorrect updates are some of them. As symptoms, you may find your Outlook Express email folders missing or application behaving sluggishly when sending or receiving email messages. The further reading will describe an issue when you cannot import DBX mail folders as they are corrupt. Such mail folders should be restored from backup or you can use DBX Repair utilities to repair and restore them intact at a safe location.

For instance, when you try to import email folders using Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory option, you might receive an error message, similar to:

-The specified message store could not be opened. It may be in use by Outlook Express-

When you click OK to this error message, it gives another error as below:

-No Message can be found or another application is running that has the required files open. Please select another folder or try closing applications that may have files open-

You can also get the similar symptoms, as above, when restoring from Recycle Bin. You do so when the compaction fails and you try to import DBX mail folders from the backup copy that Outlook Express has stored in Recycle Bin.

Cause

One or more .dbx files in your mail backup folder are corrupt, which are preventing rest other folders to get imported.

Solution

Try to trace out the corrupted .dbx file. For this, exclude the folders one by one and then try to import them. Also, make sure you use the correct method of importing.

You should delete the corrupted DBX folder and import other folders, provided the damaged folder contains no important email messages. Alternatively, you can choose to repair the damaged files using DBX Repair software. These are commercial Recover Outlook Express products incorporated with secure scanning algorithms and highly interactive user interface.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook Express Recovery is a powerful solution that repairs and restores damaged DBX files at a secure location. It is an advanced DBX Repair utility that supports Outlook Express 5.x and 6.x. The tool can restore all file objects, while adhering to data integrity. It is a reliable file repair utility and proves competent in each scenario of OE file corruption.