Need to copy an open PST File

Hi
Please can someone help with copying an open outlook pst file. windows api copy file function does not work. Gives me an access error that the file is locked. I know it cna be done cause i ahve seen a little software app that does it. I need to get it working on the local oc and or a pst file on a network

thanx

Craig
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CraigLazarAsked:
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barendbCommented:
I've tried everything before, but there is no way that an open PST file will copy, I had to close outlook from my app and then re-open it after the copy.

Outlook puts some type of system lock on the file, so that nothing else can access it while outlook is open.

If you get a solution to this let me know.

Barend
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
>> windows api copy file function
if the win api doesn't work, the only alternatives you have is:
* close outlook to copy the file
* ask outlook to get the data

if you can't close outlook, you have to use outlooks export functionality, which can export the data to a .pst file.

CHeers
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fesarCommented:
Hi Craig,

Hope the below code helps you. I tried this code with an open mail of an PST. It copied.

Private Declare Function CopyFile Lib "kernel32" Alias _
"CopyFileA" (ByVal lpExistingFileName As String, ByVal _
lpNewFileName As String, ByVal bFailIfExists As Long) As Long

Sub Copy(Source As String, Target As String)
    Dim RetVal As Long
    RetVal = CopyFile(Trim$(Source), Trim(Target), False)
    If RetVal Then
    MsgBox "File copied!"
    Else
    MsgBox "Error. File not copied"
    End If
End Sub

Then just call thee function as

copy("C:\temp.pst","C:\temp1.pst")

Hope this will help you. I tried with Outlook 2000 and outlook 98.

Thanks,
Francis.
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Sorry fesar
does not work

thanx

Craig
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Sorry fesar
does not work

thanx

Craig
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fesarCommented:
Hi Craig,

        What error does it gave? Can you be more specific on what you want.

Regards,
Francis.
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fesarCommented:
Hi Craig,

        What error does it gave? Can you be more specific on what you want.

Regards,
Francis.
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
get in your app file not copied error

if u have your outlook open, i want to be able to copy your pst file to another location
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vinnyd79Commented:
%listening
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
huh ?
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dgorinCommented:
Listening is a way for someone to hook on this thread and get email updates while looking for the answer.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
Craig, any comments for my suggestion above?
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
hi angell, wel not really any comments, as in that i have tried api calls etc and i g=have not been able to get it working

thanx

Craig
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys
well to keep u upto date
i still have not found the answer of copying an open pst file, so i hav created a little app that shecks to see if outlook is closed, if it is open it closes normally using the outlook object library, then i copy

but thanx
for all the input

Cheers

Craig
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DanRollinsCommented:
Hi CraigLazar,
It appears that you have forgotten this question. I will ask Community Support to close it unless you finalize it within 7 days. I will ask a Community Support Moderator to:

    Accept barendb's comment(s) as an answer.

CraigLazar, if you think your question was not answered at all or if you need help, just post a new comment here; Community Support will help you.  DO NOT accept this comment as an answer.

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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
Hi Sorry for leaving this question open
unfortunately i was unable to copy the open pst file.
So i landed up creating another application which automatically closes outlook before i back it up.

But thanks to all that provided help to this question

cheers

Craig
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
>>So i landed up creating another application which automatically closes outlook before i back it up.

Part of my first comment was:
>>if the win api doesn't work, the only alternatives you have is:
* close outlook to copy the file

CHeers
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DanRollinsCommented:
And barendb said it first:
>>...there is no way that an open PST file will copy, I had to close outlook from my app and then re-open it after the copy.

So I recommended that he get credit for the correct answer.

-- Dan
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
Indeed! Points for barendb!
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
100%

cool thanx again

have a great weekend

cheers
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
CraigLazar, if you agree, you should accept barendb's comment as answer!
CHeers
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CraigLazarAuthor Commented:
I humbly appologise for leaving this question open

:)
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
No problem :-)
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