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How to restore my email?>

Posted on 2004-11-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I have just re-installed windows and stupidly didn't do an export of all my outlook email etc...
I now have a clean install of outlook and have a copy of my old harddrive with all the data on it, but I was wondering how I can import all my old emails into the new install of outlook?


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sunray_2003 earned 500 total points
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If you can access all the data in your old hard drive , try to search for outlook.pst file .
Mostly it would be found in
C:\Documents and Settings\{your profile name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

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Look at the above articles to see how to restore , in simple terms , once you get the outlook.pst , open outlook
go to file > open > outlook data file and browse to that outlook.pst and import it that way


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thats the problem, i didn't export it to a .pst file
and there is no trace of a .pst file on the drive (I have searched hidden files too)
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In your older hard drive , you donot have to export to PST . It should have been already there.

You just removed the old hard drive and installed OS on a new one right ?  
If that is the case and if you had used Outlook , you should be finding some PST file ..
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Thats what I thought... but a full search of the old hard drive doesn't find any .pst file !
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Either you are completely searching or the PST files got deleted.If it had got deleted and you donot have any backup , your only hope would be to use recovery tools



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Thanks., for some reason search wasnt finding hidden files..

all is well now
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How did you find it now

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