Replace existing Outlook 2000 .pst with another / restore from backup?

g8orade
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Summary:
What is the proper procedure for restoring a .pst file or replacing a .pst file with another--so that it completely replaces the one with the other?
Import file seems to combine two .pst files, not to replace one with another.

Details:
I want to give my pc to a colleague as I have gotten a new computer. Both of our 'old' pcs are running Outlook 2000 over Win98, internet mail only. The .pst files are currently stored as C:\windows\outlook.pst on both.

I had a clean Outlook 2000 install on the new laptop so I Imported the .pst exported from my 'old' pc.

However, now I want to completely get rid of the .pst on it (my old pc) and replace it with my colleague's .pst.

Can I just copy / paste and select Replace when it asks or is there a better option?


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Commented:
Hello g8orade,

yes you can replace the file with the new pst file or another is way is

-close outlook
-deleting the old one
-putting the new one somewhere on disk
-and import into outlook

but it's more work

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Commented:
Cool. It seems so easy, I just want to double check.

I close Outlook.
Replace the old .pst file with the new one.
Open Outlook.
Voila, it works like a champ with the new file, no loss of functionality, data, etc.?

Thanks,
g8orade

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Commented:
Cool. It seems so easy, I just want to double check.

I close Outlook.
Replace the old .pst file with the new one.
Open Outlook.
Voila, it works like a champ with the new file, no loss of functionality, data, etc.?

Thanks,
g8orade

Author

Commented:
Thanks for the tip. I couldn't get the import option to work in this case, it kept hanging part of the way through and wouldn't finish the import.

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