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