Backup of PST file
Posted on 2003-02-21
Windows XP Pro
Gateway Laptop P4 1.7GHZ, 256 RAM, 30 GB HDD, CDRW
I need to back up ALL my Outlook data (Calendar, contacts, inbox, sent items, everything). I have formatted a CDRW to allow drag and drop file copying to it. It works with all the other data files I need to backup (Quicken, Word, Spreadsheets, CAD files, etc)so there does not appear to be any problem with the hardware. I know where the PST file is located so I go into Windows Explorer and I drag the file to the D: drive. Everything appears to start correctly. The drive spins up, the drive light comes on, and a window opens showing flying papers, a progress bar, and an estimated time left. The progress bar gets all the way to the end, the time shows 15 seconds remaining, the papers continue to fly and it just sits there. The disk quits spinning, the drive light goes off and it just sits there. I have left it as long as 30 minutes,...... nothing. I can not open the drive door, (message about it being in use), I cannot close the copying window (even through Task Manager, cannot got to START - SHUT DOWN - SHUT DOWN, it tells me I need to wait until that job is complete. The only way out is to hold down the power button to force it to shut down.
Okay. Since the other data files I try to copy work fine I figure it must be something with the file. I run SCANPST. I says there was nothing wrong with the file. I ran it 2 or 3 times. So I try to drag and drop it to another temporary folder on the hard drive. It copies complete without any errors in about 15 seconds. But I need to get the copy to a removable disk so next I try right clicking on the PST file and "send to" the D drive. Hangs up again. I try doing an EXPORT to a backup.pst file from within Outlook. Hangs up again. I checked to make sure there is plenty of free space on the disk and it is only about 1/4 full.
Any ideas? Please!!!! Would the PST backup add-in be of any help?