How Do I Save My Whole AOL File Cabinet?

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How Do I Save My Whole AOL File Cabinet?
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America Online (AOL) provides a friendly user interface for people who enjoy online communities and e-mail. The software installs a "personal filing cabinet" (PFC) that contains all the e-mail communications you send and receive. The PFC is saved to your hard drive, but you can save it to another location as a backup. The PFC file can be large if it has been several years since you began using the AOL service.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Close the AOL software. Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." Click the "AOL" program directory and select "AOL System Information."

  2. 2

    Click the "AOL software" tab. In this window, click the button labelled "Open Data Folder." This opens the AOL folder that contains your personal filing cabinet file.

  3. 3

    Right-click the folder labelled "Organize" and click "Copy." Right-click your Windows desktop and select "Paste." The AOL personal filing cabinet is saved and backed up on the desktop.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also burn the backup files to a CD or DVD, or you can save it to an external hard drive. If your AOL software crashes, use this backup to restore your e-mail.

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