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Office 2003 Outlook .PST files from old system.

I've been given .pst files from an old system to move to a new one.  The files are:

archive.pst <--what i believe was an export of the old outlook info.
personal folder.pst

I imported the archive.pst file and it seems information was being extracted.  Progress bar appeared.  However only a few old emails appeared.  

I put the above files in the \local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook folder but outlook isn't using them.  What am I doing wrong??

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
go into control panel  MAIL, then ADD the .pst files that you want to use
In Outlook 2003
You need to attach each of the PST files: Outlook - Tools - E-mail accounts - View or change existing e-mail account  (next) - New Outlook Data file - choose type (OK) - Create or open outlook data file appear: browse to appropriate location + select file + click ok.

have tried opening the file by going to file - open - open outlook data file ???
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Herman nailed this one.  Thats the easiest to do.  Look at the size of the pst file.  There may not be much info each.
Looking at the number and names of the different .pst files, I would have to assume you want to import the "old' files into a new "up and running" installation of Outlook.

Attaching them individually using FILE - OPEN and manully copying them to the new data store always seems to yield fewer problems than trying to import them.

Two other things to be aware of;
1) If the .pst were moved over portable media, make sure they are not marked as "read-only".

2) If the new installation is Outlook 2003 and "old data' came from earlier versions, they will in the "old format". In this case, I would DEFINITLY move all data out of this format into the new format and discard ALL old .pst files.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thankyou!

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