How do I convert a PAB file to a pst file?

Posted on 2004-09-01
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I was using Outlook 2000 and changed to 2003. I followed the instructions here:

But I cannot do the instructions for converting the mailbox file. In the program it tells me that the PAB file is not an Outlook object (which it SO is.) So what do I do?  Help, help, help!
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will_scarlet7 earned 100 total points
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In Outlook, click on "File -> Import and Export", then choose "From Another Program or File", then for the file type choose "Personal Address Book", you should then be able to click on "Browse" and find your .pab file and import the contents into your pst.

God bless!

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ID: 11957631
Just a small clarification, a PAB file is not a mailbox file but a Personal Address Book.

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Sam I tried that but was not able to browse outside the folder tree inside access. The file I'm looking for is on the server.

You are always so helpful.

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Can you map a network drive to the shared directory on the server? Or copy the file from the server to your local machine?

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I tried to alter it through Outlook 2003 after copyng it to my drive and received an error message that it was not an Outlook Data file so I feel like I'm back to starting over with this whole process. Maybe its not even worth it.
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What do you mean that you tried to alter it in Outlook? Have you tried to copy it to your drive and then just Import it? if that did not work then perhaps there is something wrong with the file. If you could post a copy of the somewhere file that I can download it I can take a look at it tomorrow and see if I can get it working.

I'm going to bed now as it's late here.

God bless!

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