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Hi all ,,,
I had a total upgrade to my PC including new hard desk ,now ,b4 the upgrade I forgot to backup my outlook personal folders...when I got the new PC with outlook xp ,there was - of course- no personal folders.
I went back to the old hard desk I look for any *.pst file ,.I found nothing !!! where r they ??? can any one help me ..pleassss.

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by:slink9
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Would this be Outlook or Outlook Express?  If Outlook Express you should do a Start-Find-Files or Folders and search for *.dbx
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it's outlook .
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Have you done a Start-Find-Files or Folders and looked for *.pst?  Dis you make sure it included all subfolders?
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yes I did ...slink9....:(
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Got me by the sneakers.  Maybe someone else knows where it is hiding.
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Does Outlook still exist on the first hard drive?
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Since you didn't mention what operating system you were using before the upgrade, I will warn you that Windows Explorer will not traverse hidden/system directories unless you specifically configure it to do so.  (After configuring Windows Explorer under Winxp to show all hidden/system files, you even have to configure the search to look in those directories.)

In any event, the following might help
Win9x:
\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
\Windows\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

NT4:
\WINNT\Profiles\<userid>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
\WINNT\Profiles\<userid>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

2K/XP:
\Documents and Settings\<userid>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
\Documents and Settings\<userid>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook


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tituba2 : no outlook no longer exists.

Neo mvps : the OP Sys is 2k & I did what u said , I found 4 files 3 office data file and 1 DAT . none of them is the target file !! one more thing ...I found 1 file "userid.office data file " when I try to open a new  outlook data file from the file >new ...the dialog box refuses the file coz it's not a outlook data file !!!!! the only file I can open is archive.office data file and it contains the calander ,sent items ...but not the lost personal folders .
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I could have swore someone already suggested this... if you have access to the old machine (ie. it still boots -- etc.), just start Outlook on the old machine and right click on Outlook Today and select Properties.  Selected the Advanced button to get to a dialog that will show you the path/filename to your mailbox.  (works for pst files but not if your default mail store is an Exchange mailbox)
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Neo mvps : I have connected the old hard disk and run it ,there is NO OUTLOOK Program ,I search for .pst files (hidden files) and no luck ,,
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and one more thing .. my default mail store is an Exchange mailbox.
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That information would have been helpful earlier.  If your default mail store is an Exchange mailbox, connect to the Exchange Server and open your mailbox.  That is where it will reside.
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slink9 : It's personal folders and they are stored in the machine..not the server ,,and that information was to tell Neo mvps .....
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actually slink is right.  if your old computer's default mailbox was the exchange server, then you wouldn't have a pst file on the local drive.  the most you would have is an archive.pst (holds old calendar items by default), and *.ost if you had offline storage (this is a mirror of what is on the exchange server), and *.oab (offline address book) files.

the archive.pst would be the only thing you cart over to the new machine.

cheers,
/neo

PS - if you did a search from the command line (e.g. dir *.pst /a /s) and nothing turned up, then I would say you had a successful upgrade.
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Those were exactly my thoughts, but I don't seem to be getting any respect here (right, Rodney??) so I figured I would just leave it alone.
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forgive me slink9 ..do not take it personal pal ;), I only was answering Neo mvps Question ,,, any way Experts ,,I thought that those pst files are in the machine ,,coz whenever the server is down I was able to look at them ..any how .. in the mailbox there's nothing and for the search from the command line ...I could not perform it ..coz the directory is a network directory ...
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Just because his default store was his Inbox does not mean he did not have PST's as well.  If the PST files cannot be found, then there is no way to recover the Personal Folders, as they are stored locally.  The only way to restore is to recover the PST files from the original hard drive.
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When you set up the PST, do you remember if you went with the defaults for the file location?  We've got users where I work who have PSTs up on their network shares.

Bad thought, you said that Outlook was not on the old system.  Did the drive get rebuilt?
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actually I don't remember the location ..whether it's the default or  another place :( ...and the drive was rebuilt.
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request to delete the Question ...no answer ...
thanx
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Hello mel7_71

this question is open for more then 2 months
time to clean up
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my recom will be
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PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS ANSWER

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PAQ and refund
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