Mail Cure is a portable software application for the Windows operating system that has been designed to recover accidentally deleted email messages. Mail Cure does not only look for existing mail databases and emails like other email recovery tools, but does scan the free space of the hard drive for traces of mailbox files or deleted emails on top of that.
The email recovery software posts a list of all available hard drives in the beginning of which the user can select one that should be crawled for deleted emails. The scan of the hard drive depends largely on its size and the available resources. The email recovery application displays the progress at the top of the window, and lists the number of emails that it found so far while the scan is ongoing.
The emails can be accessed right away even if the scan of the hard drive is still underway. This is excellent if time is of the essence. It can happen that the preview of some of the recovered emails is not shown at all, or only partially which means that this email cannot be recovered completely.
Emails that have been discovered during the scan can not only be previewed but also exported as a txt or eml document. The txt documents are more easily accessible while the eml format can be used to import the emails into email programs like Microsoft Outlook but also Mozilla Thunderbird and others.
It has to be noted that Mail Cure will not only find Outlook Express email messages but also other email messages. A test on a computer that never made use of Outlook Express but Mozilla Thunderbird resulted in thousands of mail messages found after the scan. All of the emails came from Mozilla Thunderbird, and not from Outlook.
The emails can be sorted in various ways including by sender, date or subject. It is furthermore possible to search for text in all emails that have been found so far. Mail Cure is an excellent email recovery software. Its portable nature makes it an ideal companion for a portable tool collection.
Mail Cure may work best if you run Outlook Express, but it can find emails from other desktop email clients as well provided that they use standard email formats.
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