Where is my Outlook contact list???

One of the computer of a company i am working for has just went down. Windows95 wont boot anymore. They had a big contact list in Outlook 97 and now they cannot access it since windows does not boot. I can still boot to dos, so is there a way i can take that data somewhere so that when the pc is up and running again i can use the contac list again. I know i can use the Import/Export function in Otlook, but since win95 can not run... They do not have a backup copy (they got paper - 40 pages) but no files...

What are your ideas experts!!!!

What should i do to keep them to type there contact all over again... And beleive me, the next time, they will have a backup!
njacquesAsked:
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ckezemaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here is the answer post....

Glad to know it helped...

If you need any other help...just ask..

Conan
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ckezemaCommented:
I am assuming from your email, that the company is not using Exchange...because then the contact list would be in an exchange mailbox...if this is the case..then at a dos prompt on the machine...search for any *.pst file,(dir *.pst /s) and back up that file using the copy command.

Then when you get the machine up and running import the .pst file, and everything should be there...

Hope this helps..

Conan

(let me know if this works, and I will post it as an answer)
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njacquesAuthor Commented:
Im not sure if they are using exchange, i would like to know the exhange method as well...

What could be the default directory for the pst file? No one gave it a path so i must asume that the path is ???

i have made a bakup by laplink of the ???/office/ everything directory on an other computer could it be buried in there...
I am worried about not finding any pst files...

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rt3Commented:
the path will probably be c:\windows\profiles\(USER NAME)\application\data\microsoft\outlook\*.pst
Remember that dos will only allow 8 characters for a directory name so on some of the above you will have to use the ~ to shorten the names.  This .pst file will probably be really big so unless that computer can access the network from DOS you have to find someway of getting that file off that computer or at least on a separate partition while you reload the operating system.  This is all provided that the problem isn't the hard drive.
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mohnshineCommented:
Look for a .pab file (Personal Address Book).

Try looking in the ???/office/ folder you saved.

If the person you are trying to help used the default folder during setup it will probably be there.
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njacquesAuthor Commented:
Its great! i found the pst file and all my contacts are there again... Now what about the CALENDAR information... where could that be???

hope you can help! As you often do!
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rt3Commented:
Look for a .dat, .fav, .rwz in the same directory that you found your .pst file.  The .dat is the one you are probably looking for.  I'm not sure what the .fav and .rwz files are for, but they are also found in the same directory.
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njacquesAuthor Commented:
is there a way to import it? Something in the line of import export???

when i found my outlook.pst, i imported it, but what about the .dat .fac .rwz..??
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rt3Commented:
I wouldn't think that you would have to import it.  Have you tried just dropping the files into the same directory that you put the .pst file?  Probably need to close Outlook before doing this.
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ckezemaCommented:
Your calendar info should have been in the same .pst file...all outlook info is saved either in an exchange mailbox or a pst file....have you found multiple pst's, maybe the calendar info was exported to a separate pst...

Conan
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njacquesAuthor Commented:
Yeah! thats right.... i dont know Outlook very well, so i told the person i didnt know if i salvaged the calendar... but one day later, she told me that they were there, so it is in the whole PST file

Good Job!

Pose it as an answer so i can rate you work!
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