Backup & Restore Outlook 2003

I am looking for a new program that would allow me to backup & restore Outlook 2003. I use my laptop a great deal and need to sync the data when I return from a trip to my desktop.

I have been using ABF-SOFT's backup program and it suddently had become ill and won't work. I have contacted the developers and have tried a hundred work arounds and nothing seems to work. I suspect it is becasue of the file size (over 2 gigs). I have even tried going back up previous versions. I am at the point of giving up on them and moving on to something else.

The question is what is available that will work and is easy to use (like ABF-SOFT)?....RWW
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will_scarlet7Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd recommend just moving your .pst file like sunray suggested. It would probably be the simplest, as all you need to do is copy a single file (your .pst file) to your laptop before you go and then copy it back when you return and all you mail will be together.
Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
Backing up Outlook

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How to Back Up, Restore, or Move Outlook Data


Where is my Outlook data stored
sunray_2003Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Not sure if your issue is backup or synchronize ..

You can backup using the methods shown by Petelong links
just Look for *.pst file searching in hidden folders
Mostly it would be found in
C:\Documents and Settings\{your profile name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

and look at this for synchronizing

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RansonWebsterAuthor Commented:
The issue is actually both. I like having all my mail in one place. I used to "save messages to the server" but that doesn't help with sent mail, The ABF program was painless until it stopped working....RWW
RansonWebsterAuthor Commented:
I copied the files and it worked, not as simple as ABF-Soft but none the less it worked. After doing that I notice that below the archive folders I now have an additional Personal Folders which has exactly the same contents as my mian Personal Folders, seems like this is just a pointer?

You mentioned copying a single file will scarlet7, there are also 4 archive files so I copied them as well and it all seems to be the same....RWW
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanX RWW! Glad to have been a help.
God bless!
If you want you can try to use my Outlook Backup program at 
It's free.
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