AOL Setup

 
Ways to get the latest versions of the AOL® Software
 
 
AOL 9.0 VR or Vista Ready

 

Backup / Restore AOL Saved on My PC Filling Cabinet

That's why you save the emails you want to save to your local AOL Saved on My PCfiling cabinet and back up the latter from time to time so you can safely recover your emails when somebody spills some sticky liquid over your laptop.

"Backing up" your locally saved messages is also a great way to move them from an old computer to a new one where you "restore" them.

To backup mail in your AOL Saved on My PC filing cabinet:

  • 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.
  • Highlight the organize folder.
  • Select Edit | Copy from the menu of the Explorer window.
  • Open the desired backup location (a CD or DVD, another hard disk, a network location or a USB stick, for example) in Explorer.
  • Select Edit | Paste from the menu.

 

 

Recovering Saved on My PC Email

That's it. You have just backed up all your screen name's locally saved data for easy recovery, and for migration to another computer.

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

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

Recover Mail and Other AOL Data 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 "organize.save".
  • 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 organize.save folder is called on your system.
  • Press Ctrl-V.
  • Log on to AOL.
  • If everything is back in place, delete the organize.save folder.

 

Windows 2000/XP, AOL 9
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\C_America Online 9.0\organize
 
Windows Vista, AOL 9 VR
C:\ProgramData\AOL\C_AOL 9.0\organize