Recover Mail and AOL Data From 'Saved on My PC' Backup

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So you want to move your AOL data to a new computer, even when AOL is no longer working on your old one? Or you want to recover from a backup copy of your Saved on My PC files after a hard disk crash?

It's easy. Just by copying a few files, you will be up, running and AOL-ing again.

Recover From a 'Saved on My PC' Backup

To recover mail and other AOL data from a Saved on My PC backup:

  • Log on to AOL with your screen name at least once.
  • Make sure AOL is not currently running.
  • Search your computer for a file called (your AOL screen name).abi.
    • If your screen name is myscreenname, for example, search for a file called myscreenname.abi.
    • You should find it in a folder called Organize. A typical location is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\C_America Online 9.0\organize. You can go to this folder directly, too.
  • Go up one directory, to the C_America Online 9.0 folder.
    • For other versions of AOL, the folder name may be different. In any case, go up one directory from the organize folder.
  • Rename the organize folder
  • Go up another directory.
  • Open the folder containing the backup copy of your old Organize folder in a new Explorer window.
  • Highlight the backup Organize folder.
  • Press Ctrl+C.
  • Switch to the AOL folder window.
  • Highlight C-America Online 9.0 or whatever the folder containing the folder is called on your system.
  • Press Ctrl+V.
  • Log on to AOL.
  • If everything is back in place, and you can now delete the folder.