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I backed up my emails and calendars to the default archive.pst file.  Due to problems with MS Outlook 2000, I uninstalled and reninstalled a fresh copy of Outlook.  Not thinking, when the original copy of Outlook was uninstalled, the archive file was removed as well.  I do not have a complete backup copy of the exchange server directory on a backup tape.  Besides, attempting to recover from a backup will be time-consuming.  I am considering importing a .ost file.  However, I don't think the offline folder was configured to synchronize non-default Outlook folders.  I am trying to recover a personal calendar that was archived in the lost .pst file.  The archive process removed all appointmenst, but left all recurring events.  This mail client is installed on Windows NT4 SP6a.  Is there anyway I can recover the lost .pst file?      

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A quote from CrazyOne:

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Maybe one of those will help to recover the file.
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Thanks alot for all of the options Crazyone!
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Slink9, I apologize!  I should be thanking you for the solutions.  Thanks Alot!
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He did the work.  I just knew where to find his suggestions.  Hope it helps.
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Slink9,

The problems that I am running into with a couple file recovering softwares is that they do not seem to identify files that were removed in the process of uninstalling software.  The archived file was left in the default path within MS Outlook.  Therefore, doing the uninstall process, it was removed (not deleted) as well.  Any additional help will be appreciated.  Thanks!
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