Problem opening saved PST file after re-installing Outlook
Posted on 2001-08-03
I saved the Personal Folder Files (.pst) off my old hard drive to CD. I re-installed all my software onto my new, larger HDD. Now the PST files were last updated by Outlook XP. I didn't re-install Outlook XP because it has the built-in, non-removable, security feature to block certain attachments, so I left Outlook
2000 on there after the re-install. I couldn't open the PST file, so I assumed it wasn't backwards compatible since it was last saved in XP.
I installed the XP version, but I still couldn't open the file. It gave me a message saying I didn't have permission to open that set of folders. I tried
to import it into Outlook Express, but Express only recognized the folder sets already accessible in Outlook.
My solution is to put my old HDD back in that has the file on there, set that drive as my master, and then export the file into Express. I also am going to set my current master HDD to slave so I can then import the information from Express on the old drive to Express on the new drive.
I then will have to uninstall Office XP and re-install Office 2000 so I can get Outlook 2000 and then import the Express mailbox and settings into Outlook. The uninstall has to be done so that the security blocks on attachments will be wiped out. I can then reinstall Office XP sans Outlook and should be OK, right?
Thoughts and suggestions please. I have over 14MB of info in this PST file and I need to regain access to it.