Merge two PST files

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
Is it passible to merge two PST files together?
Question by:grindlinger
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    Accepted Solution

    Greetings, grindlinger !

    The first trick to merging the two PST files is to make sure that Outlook is configured to use both files. To do so, copy both PST files to a common location. Now, select the Services command from Outlook’s Tools menu. When you see the Services properties sheet, make sure that the Services tab is selected and click the Add button. Select personal Folders from the list and click OK. Outlook will now ask you for the name of the personal folder. Select the first of the two personal folders through the browse window and click OK. You’ll then see a summary screen of the folder’s configuration. Click OK two more times to incorporate the personal folder into Outlook. Now, repeat the process to bring the second personal folder into Outlook.

    Now that you’ve moved both folders into Outlook, decide which folder will be your master folder. You’ll be moving data from the other folder into the master folder. The next step in the process is to make a list of the folders that exist within both personal folders, such as Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted items. Now, go into the Inbox of the non master folder and select the top message. Press CTRL-A to select all messages. Now, drag the messages into the inbox in the master folder. Repeat this process for all other folders that exist within both personal folders.

    Now it’s time to merge any unique folders. You can move unique folders by simply dragging them to the master Personal Folders container.

    Best wishes!
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    Assisted Solution

    The manual drag and drop as WAR points out above is safer than importing all data from the second .pst  into the first.

    But in 2003, to attach multiple pst files, you will need to use .....

    The SERVICES command option is obsolete.
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    Thanks, war1

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